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Women of Wakanda help make Black Panther great

Since its January 29 release, Black Panther has taken the box office by storm, and surely for the right reason.

While the vibranium-filled Wakanda is way ahead in technological development – further than the rest of the world can even possibly imagine – the thing I liked the most about the land of the Black Panther was the honor of its people and the co-existence and harmony that sustained Wakanda.

With breathtaking special effects and an excellent depiction of the Wakanda’s cultural diversity, the movie presents strong acting by Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title role, as well as those who portray Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira.)

In the Black Panther’s strong plot, the characters unravel as they discover the truth about each other and their own pasts. The fight for the throne leads to ultimate unity of the tribes of Wakanda.

The most notable and appreciable aspect of the movie, though, was how it depicted the women of Wakanda. While typically women are portrayed as ‘damsels in distress,’ this film broke the barriers of stereotypes and was heavily dependent on women.

From the female warriors, known as Dora Milaje, who fought bravely for the honor of Wakanda to Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright), who was the main brain behind the ever-expanding technology, the movie was sheer depiction of women’s empowerment. This is something I appreciated a lot. Throughout the movie, the Black Panther relied heavily on the women who surrounded and supported him.

The perfect balance of humor and action, the adrenaline-filled fights and the strong bond between Black Panther and his sister made the film even more enjoyable.

It’s fair to say that Jordan did a fantastic job as the villain Killmonger. His hatred and anti-heroism was clearly worth seeing, and his character is the one who brought Wakanda together.

If you haven’t seen it already, go see this movie as soon as possible. It’s definitely worth watching.

Irha Nadeem is a Senior Reporter with Youth Journalism International.