Can my child see BLACK PANTHER?
Violence and Gore
This is an action movie. There are many scenes that showed fighting, and there was some slashing and stabbing with knives that showed blood for a very brief moment. There are many types of weapons and some hand to hand fighting. There are prolonged sequences of action violence which is kind of par for the course for Marvel and largely why the film was bumped to PG-13.
Monsters and Aliens
There are only humans, and some large animals used in combat. Some of the humans may be a bit scary with their costumes to a younger audience. Overall, this is a non-issue category for this movie.
There is the existence of a romance in the movie, but the movie was way too serious to be bothered with any details and I didn’t miss it at all. There are only one or two kisses in the film; no love story. The audience is aware of it in the background of the story but only to the extent that it supports the plot.
Another adult theme that is not related to romance, but may be worth mentioning, is the role that tribal religion plays in the movie. They do pray to the panther god Bast and their ancestors and there is a scene with Astral Projection, it supports the “powers” that the Black Panther possesses.
WE LOVED THIS MOVIE! GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
Bottom line: if you like superhero movies, hire a sitter and go see it soon! As superhero movies go, this one may well be a new high water mark. My husband, who is extremely well educated in comics, ‘nerd-splained’ to me: Marvel Studios stayed pretty true to T’Challa’s (Black Panther) character in the comic book series. He is serious; not a jokester like Spiderman or Deadpool. While the movie offered moments of humor, it was not directly from his character.
Overall, the movie is very well made. The battle scenes and plot are well balanced, which allowed the characters to be well-developed and complex. The ideas in the movie are fresh and innovative, especially the technology and I found myself wishing they were reality in many cases! Some really cool techy stuff! And the casting was well done — a lot of great talent in this movie.
Also, the villain’s motivation and back story were really well done. My husband and I both agree that even if you disagreed with his actions, it’s pretty hard to disagree with his motives.
This is an extremely important film for this time. Putting a serious, and seriously triumphant African superhero on the big screen provides a connection for so many kids and young adults across the country. To be honest, the women in the film, both the characters and the women who play them, steal the show. Hands down, they could have held the film all on their own. They are resilient, intelligent, and incredible leaders. I think the phrase that came to mind with this movie is: “It’s about dang time!”
We will be going again, and taking our 14 yo and 11 yo daughters, and we look forward to the discussion I know we’ll have afterwards.
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