RIP Citizen Kane. Reviewers and audiences agree and Black Panther just claimed the title of best movie in cinematic history. That's no coincidence.
Black Panther famously bet the farm on diversity and went full black everything, and it paid off in equal measure. The masterpiece Marvel movie has achieved an unprecedented 100% TomatoMeter and 97% "Want to See" rating on premier movie rating website RottenTomatoes, with independent thinkers in other outlets all joining in on the orgiastic heaping of praise.
Keen observers will note that it certainly didn't hurt when pasty cave trolls from the active white supremacist cyberterrorism group 4chan came up with "operations" to attack the movie – which, as usual, immediately blew up in their faces (thanks in part to our exposé).
Black Panther's financials are set to measure up to the critical acclaim. Complex writes that "Black Panther is selling out theaters and pulling in billion dollar box office projections." "Black Panther could help Marvel gross $2 billion worldwide before even the end of summer," says Washington Post. Schools all over the western world are sending students to see the historic movie. Even celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Octavia Spencer are carting off armies of little ones – and poor ones, too – to feast their eyes on the marvels that might have been had Africa not been destroyed by European colonial powers.
So what did Black Panther know that Hollywood didn't?
Simply that in a changing world it is vital for our cultural products to reflect the diversity we experience and that we need and want. As we forge ahead into a better – and blacker – future we will see more heavily diverse casts steaming ahead of infantile sullen white dude fantasies at the cinema.
"Once you go black, you don't go back," the famous maxim goes. It also holds true for business and entertainment, and we're about to see to what extent Hollywood learned its lesson. Failure to adapt in a changing world means death.
So here's to you, Black Panther. Here's to #BlackExcellence.
UPDATE: It has come to our attention that Black Panther's RottenTomatoes page has since been sabotaged by a reviewer troll seeking to derail the movie's historic rating. We have reached out to RottenTomatoes about the attack. Given RottenTomatoes' stance on hate speech and their awareness of Black Panther's vulnerability to it, we are confident we can resolve the matter.
- Trump’s America Spoils Black Panther’s 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score – Bleeding Cool
- Just One Critic Derails Perfect Black Panther Score on Rotten Tomatoes – MovieWeb