When Black Panther hit theaters back in 2018, it was kind of a big deal. Against a lot of expectations, it broke $1 billion and was even nominated for Best Picture in this past year’s Oscars. This is in spite of the fact that that final fight scene looks like it was pulled from a PS2 cutscene. I’ll have to admit, while I don’t think it’s Marvel’s best, I found it highly enjoyable and don’t want to shortchange its overall importance.
But, not everyone was a fan. Like any piece of art, there are plenty of people out there who have problems with it. I just didn’t expect one of those people to be filmmaker Terry Gilliam. Hell, I didn’t even expect him to watch Marvel movies.
Speaking with Indiewire, he pulled no punches in his criticisms.
“I hated ‘Black Panther.’ It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bulls**t. It’s utter bulls**t. I think the people who made it have never been to Africa,” he told the outlet. “They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just I hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bulls**t.”
Well, he’s not wrong there. The media did go nuts for the film. As for all the other stuff, as someone who hasn’t been to any country in Africa, so I can’t speak to any accuracy. That being said, given that Wakanda is a fictional country, I guess I don’t care nearly as much. But his point is taken. I guess, based on his own experience with the country, this one feels like a disingenuous cash grab.
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