So Black Panther is a cultural phenomenon that is breaking records, capturing attention and creating a sense of pride all across the nation It’s also causing people to change behavior or to tighten up their behavior, all in positive ways. This is a strictly observational, unscientific poll conducted by moi, but I’ll bet if you peeped what I’ve been peeping, you’ll feel the same way. Black Panther is causing people to: plan ahead, expect multiple viewings, dress accordingly, arrive on time, not talk during the movie, and not share spoilers. Check the details:
- Plan Ahead: Pre-sale tickets broke all types of box office records; people have been anticipating this movie for days, weeks, months and years. So yes, they already planned time off work, make arrangements with baybsitters and adults sitters and pet sitters – whatever it takes to make sure faces are in the place during opening weekend. Also, there is a commitment to see the show more than once, which can get pricey. But I know folks ate rice and beans, bought the basic necessities, gave up a few luxuries (Starbucks, lunch, dinner, drinks, shopping) – however you spend your disposable income, I am sure it was curtailed so that you could get multiple tickets.
2) Multiple Viewings: I mean this should go without saying, but Imma say it – you will want to see Black Panther at least twice. AT. LEAST. The storyline, the dialogue, the acting, the COSTUMES, the cinematography, the set design, the direction, the production value, the action scenes – you need at least two viewings to take it all in. I mean, you don’t have to go five or six times like I plan to do, but you HAVE to go, and go more than once. I think people expect that this is how they’re going to spend their weekend and or next few weeks – going to see Black Panther. Trust me, this is what you want to do for February.
3) Dress Accordingly: The African themed ahn-sahm-blays (ensebles) that I have seen so far have been giving me So.MUCH.LIFE. Dashikis, and kente, and anakara, and geles and other headwraps and makeup and colors and ladies and gentlemen – everyone has come through with the African HAUTENESS and it has been a visual feast for the eyes. All the YASSSSS that can be mustered, just prepare yourself to say it every time you go to see the movie. And you will want to see this more than once. With different attire, cause that’s how we roll when we plan ahead.
4) Arrive on Time: We already know what happens with blockbuster movies, especially during opening weekend. If you don’t have reserved seats then you choose your seats based on first come first serve. Opening weekends of blockbusters pretty much mean that the theaters will be packed, so if you’re towards the back of the line to get in, then you’re sitting towards the front of the theater. You know the seats, the ones so close to the screen that you have neck cramps just trying to look up. So imagine a blockbuster on steroids, cause that’s the level of Black Panther’s opening weekend. Every body is going to see it. Which means if you arrive late, you know what, just don’t arrive late. That’s it. Get there ahead of time, take some pics of your crew in your attire, get your snacks and then get your seats. Or you could be like one lady who walked in at 10:35 and the movie showtime was 10:15. So you’re already 20 minutes late, and I guess it didn’t matter to her because she correctly assumed there would be previews. But did she anticipate that she’s going to the THE biggest movie release in months, and possibly the most anticipated movie for black people, ever? I guess not, cause she walked in late, with 5 other people. Listen, you already know where the seats were…in the front row. But yes, sis still had the nerve to say “Let’s see where we’ll sit”. Chica!! Ma’am! Miss Girl! You’re going to be sitting in that front row, where the seats are waiting for you and your crew; don’t even waste time looking around. I watched her scan the crowd for about five seconds, then the party of six slowly sunk to their awaiting seats…in the front row. Neck cramps in full effect. Get to the movie on time, people, get there on time.
5) No talking during the movie: I cannot recall the last time I attended a movie and no one talked. I mean, you could hear other people breathing, that’s how quiet it was. No one was on their cell phone, no one’s cell phone rang accidentally, no one shouted back at the screen, no one cracked jokes; when we laughed in all the right places, we did it quickly so we didn’t miss the next line or scene. Everyone was transfixed. Again, I’ve seen Black Panther twice so far, and this was the case both times. There was one time, towards the end, when an audience member made a comment; it was funny and appropriate and the entire theater laughed. We all laughed because we all heard the joke; I’m telling you everyone was staying quiet and soaking it all in during this epic event.
6) No spoilers: So far no one on social media has given anything away. I’m not looking for it, so maybe it’s there but the people on my timeline on “the Twitters” and the “Book of Faces” have posted pics of the attire and the joy and excitement of being there. No one has reviewed or rehashed the movie, no one has quoted lines from the movie beyond what was already in trailers, no one has given away plot points, and no one has shared details that you can only see…at the movies. So YAY good people, way to keep it classy and contained. Now, it’s only Friday; I can’t promise that this will still be the case on Tuesday or even Monday. People have a lot to say about this cinematic marvel (see what I did there); and they’re not going to wait a week because some of you have dragged your feet. So get up, get out, and go see Black Panther!