If White privilege and MAGA hats were movies, this would be their BIRTH OF A NATION.
Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.
Black Panther isn’t a hero “who happens to be Black,” rather Black identity is central and crucial to the story of his fantastic first MCU solo film.
Fuck this movie.
As a musical, it’s derivative.
As a story about getting past discrimination, it’s actually racist, sexist, and elitist.
Seriously, fuck this movie.
Trying to stuff an epic tale into a relatively short film keeps this animated adventure from truly taking off.
Sorry, Frank – it was NOT “a very good year”.
Still, there were bright spots to be found.
The casting of actual Native American actors can’t hide the film’s hypocritical racism and clichéd storytelling.
Jedis, jungles, fish-man junk, & James Franco.
All but the last made for a great day at the multiplex.
Although the script veers into cliched (if not racist) territory, strong performances and lavish set design save Berkeley Playhouse’s production.
Marcus Gardley’s play is so close to perfection that it’s enough to drive you crazy that it doesn’t quite get there.