Black Panther: the worst part was Martin Freemans American accent

If you haven’t already seen Black Panther, then I’ma need you to close this tab and go watch it. Not because this blog post is riddled with spoilers (or is it? I haven’t written it yet so I can’t be sure), but because it’s just a no-brainer that you should GO AND WATCH BLACK PANTHER.

You might not be able to tell from my previous blogs, but I’ve been growing fairly tired of the superhero franchises of late. Mostly the DC tv shows… and the DC movies… and the Spiderman reboots… It’s all getting fairly repetitive, and the only time I get really excited is when something new happens. Black Panther undeniably ticked that box.

Black Panther is hilarious, it’s political, it has killer costume design, and an incredible soundtrack – and it only features like, 2 white people. One of those white people has an African accent, along with 90% of the rest of the cast. And not only was it ethnically diverse (in fact, most of the actors come from vastly different parts of the African continent), but it was gender-diverse. A large portion of the cast was female (no, not 50% unfortunately), but possibly more importantly, the female characters of Black Panther were on the same level as the men. In fact, the strongest warriors of Wakanda were women, and T’Challa’s sister Shuri was shown time and time again to be his equal, if not his intellectual superior. (definitely his superior in jokes and memes)

The movie was deeply political – like so many superhero movies are – but it came not from a place of replicating societal or political events, and not from a place of asking one question such as “should superheroes be ethically supported under a government” or “who was the bad guy in WWI”. Instead, Black Panther is nuanced, and asks as many questions as complex topics deserve.

Black Panther, for the most part, is a look at how colonisation affected parts of Africa, and how it still does – but it’s so much more than that. We are in a future where we are asking ourselves “how do we set things right?”, “is it more important to protect your own country, or is it your duty to share resources with those in need?”, “is it important for leaders to do what they believe is right, or to do what the majority of their people want?”, “is retrospective revenge a viable option, or should people in modern times be forgiven for their ancestors mistakes?”

All these questions and more were approached by Black Panther, as it attempts to show a country in anguish, split between protecting themselves from the outside world, and dishing out retribution upon colonists. The beauty of it is that it doesn’t condemn either argument, but shows that a hasty approach is not the answer, and nor is blindly following your ancestors footsteps.

Of course, as with any superhero film, it also features crazy tech, some incredible fighting scenes, as well as hilarious side-kicks. Oh, and Martin Freemans terrible, terrible American accent. It was so bad it pulled you straight out of the scene. Just let this man be British!!!

 

There are so many other stand outs of this film, not the least being the black excellence it exhibits, but there are so many more who are better, and more qualified to discuss this than me, so you can read those here:

Refinery29

Kulture Hub

Depaulia

Just listen, GO WATCH THIS FILM.

You’ll love it.

Unless you hate superheroes, are extremely, physically adverse to bad American accents by white men, or you’re a racist, then I see no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy this film.

12 thoughts on “Black Panther: the worst part was Martin Freemans American accent

  1. “I see no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy this film…” – Unless, of course, I were an adult with a mature mind rather than just a physically fully grown human, but still possessing a child’s brain – like all of those who ‘enjoy’ super-hero movies.

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    1. Hi James, glad you found my blog interesting enough to comment on it, and I totes respect your opinion, but my own personal opinion is there’s nothing more childish than feeling as though you’re superior to someone because their interests don’t match up with your own – especially if their interests aren’t hurting anyone. Interest-elitism is for 5 year olds amirite mate.

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  2. I’m sorry to disagree with you, but I found this movie boring, predictable and cliched. I also think you may have enjoyed it because you saw things–things with deep meaning– you were looking for. That sort of critique should be reserved for what I (disdainfully) refer to as “films.” I believe most movie fans, especially Marvel movie fans, are looking for escapism, not social relevance.
    (BTW, the word you were looking for in your last paragraph is averse. Adverse means harmful.)

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    1. Hi Milord – thanks for the comment! I don’t expect every person to enjoy the movie, so I can totally see how you might find it boring, or predictable like you said – especially if you don’t enjoy superhero films! And I welcome disagreement – especially if it comes in the form of constructive criticism without trying to put other people down for the things they enjoy.
      What I don’t understand is why you think you’re better than people who like superhero films? Comic books have been used as a social conversation since they were started, so it’s more than reasonable that I expect the movies about these topics to discuss the same issues. But more to the point, as long as what someone is enjoying isn’t hurting anyone, there is absolutely no reason for you to talk down to them for it.
      Also consider the fact that being a bit of a media-elitist really just shows that you haven’t moved on from your “holier than thou” approach to movies, and truly begun to enjoy and critique them all for what they are. It’s a harmful approach but also super duper small minded.
      I do appreciate you pointing out the grammar mistake though! Thank you 🙂

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  3. You don’t know how happy I am to see that I was not the only one disturbed by Martin Freeman’s accent (he’s an actor who I truly LOVE watching, but oh man, that accent was just jarring)

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  4. I was actually just thinking how great a job he did with the American accent. He totally could have fooled me. If I didn’t know he was British, I would have assumed he was American. Haha! Anyway this is my favorite super hero movie. 💪🏻

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    1. Haha that’s good to hear! I wonder if it’s just because I felt so acutely aware that he’s British that I was ready to feel thrown off. So glad it’s your favourite superhero movie! It’s definitely one of mine!

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  5. I finally saw the movie last night and found this page as I had googled “martin freeman black panther terrible accent”.

    You own that search result.

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    1. Haha that’s so crazy! I barely talk about it really in the film – blog titles must carry a lot of weight. Glad to hear I’m top search for something though 🙂
      And glad to hear others hated his accent too hahahah

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