To explain how to properly understand what ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ is really about? To see what the mystery behind its story?
To properly understand the story of ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’, it is important to understand what ‘Political Correctness’ is.
Let’s start with ‘Wolf Warriors 2’, a film that has become a phenomenon in China. That’s because the film, which alludes to China’s growing national sentiment, aptly showcases a Chinese super-soldier accomplishing a seemingly impossible task.
However, when ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ is put into international cinema, and into Hollywood, it will be found to be a medium-sized military action film, not much of a standout.
Just like ‘The Wandering Earth 2’ series, put into the international, and ‘Dune’ ‘Interstellar’ ‘Star Wars’ and other films compared to the quality is not much, at best to reach the same level, far from surpassing.
However, because this is the Chinese own science fiction film, national sentiment in it, the box office is greatly pushed up, ‘Political Correctness’ played a role.
The superhero Black Panther and the villain Erik Killmonger correspond to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in the history of black affirmative action in the United States. King and Malcolm-X, one of them advocates a peaceful movement and the other advocates a violent revolution.
‘Black Panther’ is almost right on target, and the core of the story is about the question of whether the black movement should be pushed peacefully or violently.
Because of the large number of black people in the United States, so when black audiences watch ‘Black Panther’ in the cinema, they are deeply moved by the history of the black movement reflected on the big screen, and feel that black people finally stand up as superheroes.
The film’s release coincided with the height of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in the United States, so the twin peaks stacked up and together fueled the film’s outrageously high box office.
Black affirmative action, ‘Black Lives Matter’, is the American ‘Political Correctness’, catered to, will win, contrary to the inevitable will be very miserable.
Just like in the United States “anti-Semitic” is a typical “politically incorrect”, the famous American rapper ‘Kanye West’ Kanye West publicly expressed his so-called admiration for the head of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler. As a result, the anger of American Jews was ignited, leading to the banning of ‘Kanye West’ and his complete social death.
This is the charm and role of ‘Political Correctness’, which is not necessarily a formed rule, but a “subtle rule”, but real and useful, playing a practical role.
The movie is after all a commodity, to sell well, stepping on the ‘Political Correctness’ is a good trick.’ Black Panther’ just stepped in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ of the United States ‘Political Correctness’.
As for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’, it is stepping on several American ‘Political Correctness’, like ‘Feminism’, Michelle Yeoh plays the female protagonist in the process of crossing in various universes, which is the process of her continuous awakening of female consciousness, very feminist.
Michelle Yeoh plays an Asian female protagonist who goes through all sorts of hardships and difficulties in order to survive in a predominantly white society, which is a response to the “Asian affirmative action movement”. Then there is the issue of “multiculturalism”, or how Asians can integrate into mainstream American society.
These points, a film continuously stepped in, greatly satisfies the sense of hunting in the mainstream of the predominantly white American society. Yes, it is a hunt, and then more or less appreciated.
In this regard, very similar to the last Oscar best picture ‘CODA’, the quality of the film itself is not good, but just the right step in the “rights of people with disabilities” this ‘Political Correctness’ point, the result actually became the best film.
Moreover, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ is not too radical in its push for affirmative action, it still panders to white society, and the point is reflected in the role of the daughter in the film.
The daughter’s body and face, and the way she behaves, all cater to the white man’s point of appreciation. This short, fat and rebellious character, how she looks, is the standard stereotype of the white man’s impression, as if Chinese children should look like this.
That actor, who is so ugly in the eyes of the Chinese, would probably not even pass an audition in a first-tier production if he were replaced in the Chinese film and television industry.
Therefore, this film is ostensibly to highlight the strength and indomitable nature of Chinese women, but at the root it is still pandering to white society.
But, for now, Chinese viewers should not be surprised if ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ wins the Best Picture at the Oscars.
Michelle Yeoh also has a great possibility of winning the Oscar, only “The Demon King” Cate Blanchett can be compared.
Next, let’s talk about what the story of ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ is about, shall we?
‘Black Panther’ tells the story of black affirmative action in the United States, and focuses on the internal struggle for power within the black population, with Black Panther PK Erik Killmonger as the core of the conflict.
For ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ to escalate its story, it must cross over to the black category and expand the story outward.
So, how to expand?
‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ gives the answer by pulling in Latinos: Black PK Latinos, Black PanthervsNamor.
In the United States, Blacks and Latinos, together constitute the two most vulnerable groups in American society. Blacks need affirmative action, and Latinos are actively seeking more rights and demanding affirmative action as well.
‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ then packaged these two disadvantaged groups, according to this idea is feasible, the two disadvantaged groups will be united in the common pursuit of progress, it is not quite good.
However, the core of the story of ‘Black Panther’ is an intra-black fight, Black PantherPK Erik Killmonger. along the lines of the first film, ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ goes from a black-on-black fight in the first film to a black-on-Latino fight. (In the third film, presumably, blacks and Latinos unite against whites.)
However, the first part of the model can be a great success, it turns out that it can not necessarily be continued, and does not ensure that the second part will still work.
After all, the first part of the story is a bit “self-black” mode, Black Panther PK Erik Killmonger, black on black, this way black people themselves seem to be acceptable.
Just like Chris Tucker’s character in ‘Rush Hour’ could shout ‘nigger’ at black people, but when Jackie Chan did the same, it didn’t work and he was mobbed. This is “I can black myself, but you can’t black me”.
Anyway, remember the Wakanda in ‘Black Panther 1,2’, never mind whether it is located in Africa, just know that it is just a metaphor, is the ideal country of black thinking level.
And ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ in the villain Namor where the country Talocan, according to the original comic is the disappearance of Atlantis, Namor’s weapon is the trident of Poseidon, Poseidon, in the film version Namor is set to Latin people, representing the Mayan culture.
This is actually a metaphor for Latinos within the United States, and the underwater kingdom in the film is their spiritual kingdom.
But the problem is, ‘Black Panther’ about the history of black affirmative action, at least black Americans will care, will pay for tickets to see, because enough ‘Political Correctness’.
The ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ will be black and Latino how PK, the results are embarrassing, black people do not car, Latin people do not care, and the audience outside of the United States, more do not care. Is it because not enough ‘Political Correctness’?
Yes and no.
It is very politically correct to single out blacks for affirmative action. It is also very politically correct to discuss Latino affirmative action alone.
However, the United States is a divided society, black is black, Latino is Latino, you have to bring these two groups together, but also a conflict, a big fight, this is not enough ‘Political Correctness’.
So, Black PantherPKNamor, neither pleasing to blacks nor to Latinos. The storytelling formula that worked in the first part didn’t work in the second.
‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ for ‘Black Panther’ escalates, rises into a lonely, rises into an embarrassment. The capital awkwardness, how it does not fall well.
‘Political Correctness’ did not shoot well, and as a result, it backpedaled, both at the box office and by word of mouth, it came down.
More embarrassing is, ‘Black Panther’ plus ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and ‘The Avengers 3,4’, several films down, at least the “Black Panther” role to push out.
As a result, with the death of the Black Panther actor, ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ had to be reversed and a lot of space was spent to recreate a new version of the “female Black Panther”, which greatly diluted the ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ story line. Panther : Wakanda Forever’ originally could be more compact story line, became flat as water.
The outline of the villain Namor is also far from enough, to add insult to injury, Namor in the original is a superhero in The Avengers, not a villain at all.
In order to have a story to tell behind the Marvel Universe, and finally had to whitewash Namor, which caused a more bland conflict between the positive and negative.
Counting them one by one, ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ has nothing left, with far fewer pros than cons. Failure is almost inevitable.
For ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’, which is so embarrassing that it hurts my toes, I can only say “I deserve it”!
However, ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’ is not useless, at least as Black Panther’s mother, Angela Bassett’s performance is very eye-catching, super powerful aura, it is difficult to imagine that this is a 64 actress’s temperament.
Angela Bassett’s performance is extremely wonderful, which makes her a great possibility to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress with this film.
Ballon d’Or best supporting actress she has got, by the way and then take the Oscar, so far see other competitors are relatively weak, she won the probability of the greatest.
I hope Queen Wakanda will win the award and become the third actor to win the award for his anime image after Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker and Joaquin Phoenix’s version of the Joker won two consecutive Oscars for acting.