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Black Panther (english) - show timings, theatres list
Black Panther, an English movie, is now showing in 11 theatres in Hyderabad (its 5th week). Full cinema listings:
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  • Cast
    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
  • Music
    Ludwig Göransson
  • Director
    Ryan Coogler
  • Closest Theatre
  • Days In Hyderabad
    30 (5th week)
TJ Reddy on 5th Mar 2018, 3:43pm | Permalink
Alright. Let's crack some knuckles and pop open some beers because this is going to be a long one. There is a lot to address here and I'll take it point by grueling point.

1. Hollywood films of yore and present day

Films, comics, novels, music etc change from time to time and generation to generation. What worked in the 80s and 90s will not work for a current day cinemagoer. Reeve's Superman turning back time would be laughed out of theatres in this day and age (also, that is not a power Superman had in the comics).

Those films reflected the comics of their time and when you pay attention to how much comics have evolved since then, you'd see the art form itself reflects changing tastes. The Catwoman of the 90s isn't the same one on the page anymore. Simply put, The Dark Knight is a loose adaptation of The Long Halloween and a few other Batman stories from the page and hence a person who does their reaserch knows no one is really playing fast and loose with anything.

On a sidebar, if Joker killing people and robbing banks and Batman being a vigilante are not crimes, we are watching completely different films.
Also, when trying to sound like an audience member of "discerning" taste, please refrain from using "my dear", it defeats your purpose.

That being said, meditative pieces on the meaning of heroism doesn't strip anything away from Batman the character because the character himself has been reinvented multiple times. From the Adam West show to Frank Miller's interpretation, nothing is the same. In the graphic novel Gotham by Gaslight, Batman lives in the time of Jack of Ripper. That is not a bastardization of the character, It is but a mere interpretation.

Stories come from the world we live in. Each person views his/her world differently. If you don't see globalization, it is your point of view and if Nolan does, it is his. He has his way of getting his word out and you can do what you do to do the same. His characters reflect his view of the world because writing and filmmaking is a cathartic experience. Ask me, I know. I've sold a script or two. Again, a person's view of the world can be reasoned with but not outright discarded because that's bigotry. If a film and its message made you think to such a degree, I believe it has done its job more than well. A work of art's true triumph is if it either excites you or enrages you. Anything but apathy is acceptable.

2. Bleeding over to other genres

As this is an extension of the previous point, I'd reiterate my previous argument. Have you seen the previous Bond films? Do you really think they'd work if they were called anything other than Bond in this day and age? Nostalgic viewpoints are great but not to the degree of abandoning reason.

The Bond films have always been an amalgamation of the popular actions films of the time. Current day Bond is no different. It is a take on the Bourne franchise and is all the better for it. The silliness of a Pierce Brosnan or Roger Dalton vehicle is not what an audience is after. Those films are called The Expendables and we all know how well regarded they are.

Having a character express emotion is how people know he/she is human. He can cry over a lost ally and still be a tough guy. Shades are what reinvent characters. If it weren't for them, we could just remake and rewatch the same films over and over again. Why not just remake Dr. No 25 times as it was the "supposed" pinnacle of the character?

To see a Batman or a James Bond shed a tear is powerful. It is when you know even the best can be broken. It invites an audience to feel and know that it is okay to fail or to watch your heroes fail. I don't know about you and you might think of me a cuck but I like seeing range in my characters.

3. Populism vs True Art

Every film is not created equal and not watched with equal expectations. When I watch a superhero film, I'm not expecting high art and hence don't value it as the same. Film, in itself, is a medium for the proletarian. The fact that film has managed to become an all-encompassing juggernaut is a triumph.

I don't walk in expecting a Dardenne Brothers style character drama while I watch Black Panther. Black Panther is what I call a gateway drug. A film with clear themes, motivations, messages, and accessibility is what hooks people to films, to begin with. It is a landing ground from which people begin their journeys to something artsier.

I fell in love with cinema owing to films like Indra and Baasha. The way I enjoyed them changed over the years but I never stopped enjoying them. They fostered my love for cinema and I respect them for it even though they aren't high art. Some child somewhere would have been inspired by Black Panther, chosen to learn film and make a career out of it.

Every film has its place in the world. Blockbusters are made for the mass market like Dairy Milk. It is universally paletable. Some like it and some don't but the ones who really find a taste for it look for better versions of chocolate and that is when they find Scott Pilgrim, Road to Perdition and A History of Violence (which are comic book films again). The first hit, however, is of paramount importance.

Also, here's a link to a video showing you the philosophy of Black Panther. I'd have typed it myself but this is much simpler.

4. Conclusion

I recently watched a Telugu film named Chalo. At the outset, I couldn't stop taking notes as to how ludicrous the film was but half an hour down the line, I remembered that I walked into the film to enjoy it and the film itself was mocking itself before I did just to let me have a good time.

Was this Hot Fuzz? No. Was it a good time at the cinema? Yes. That's all most people look for. Once a positive association is made, cinema has a new fan. No person is going to like the artistic merit in Apocalypse Now or 2001 without understanding what good filmmaking is and that cant be done without universally appealing projects like this one.

P.S. - I'm sure a man of your tastes has watched Midnight in Paris and is aware of the perils of living in the past and not moving forward with the times.

P.S.S. - Bringing celebrity opinions into stuff means nothing because I could pose an argument that goes like this. Kendrick Lamar, who was supposed to contribute two songs to the film chose to do the whole soundtrack after watching the rough cut of it. Lamar has been a more socially relevant artist over the last decade than Jodie Foster.

Whose opinion holds more water in this instance? An artist who addresses social causes from the ground up or a Hollywood elite whose time has come, gone and makes films no one truly cares about anymore because of how out of touch she seems?

No disrespect to Ms. Foster. I love her work. It is just food for thought.

P.S.S - I'm done here. I agree to disagree with you because your opinion is no less correct than mine. Good day to you.
The trailer for Black Panther clearly stated two things. One, "The revolution will not be televised", and two, "You won't be able to stay home, brother." Well, we weren't going to wait for the revolution to be televised anyway, so we got out of our homes and walked into our nearest cinema to watch it play out on the big screen.

Black Panther follows the story of the fresh king of Wakanda, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman). After the death of his father (King T'Chaka), he is next in line for the throne, and is tasked with protecting the secrets and the people of Wakanda. As he learns t....

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