Warning: This is an opinion piece centered around the movie 21 Bridges. This is not a spoiler review.
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Chadwick Boseman strikes again in this suspense-filled thriller. 21 Bridges is an extravagant movie with an intriguing premise and powerful direction. Once again Chadwick Boseman returns in another prominent role as a black man, further cementing his legacy. Boseman is a direct reflection of the desires of people of color for more Black lead roles in movies outside of slavery, poverty, and drug culture and paraphernalia.
If you’re looking for more black leads, a fan of Boseman ( a great multifaceted actor), or simply looking for a good movie, this is for you. Chadwick returns to the big screen fresh off of Avengers: Endgame to deliver representation on another level. Boseman is setting a new paradigm and changing the game for African American actors. He’s not alone of course. However, this role stands outside of the normalcy of Black-lead roles, something That Chadwick is setting the tone for in his career. So far, Boseman has played Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, T’chala, king of Wakanda in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War, and Avengers Endgame, as well as James Brown in Get on Up.
Boseman has played prominent lead roles depicting some of the most influential black men in recent history. This type of representation is unheralded and underestimated especially in our community. For lack of a better term, he is killing the game and only shows promise to continue to raise the standard.
This is exactly what we wished for when we asked for more representation in Hollywood. We must give it support and continue to show efforts to see these movies from these black actors crossing over.
There are a plethora of movies playing with Black representation and Boseman is at the vanguard of this movement. Yes, there have been actors in Lead roles outside the norm before such as the Will Smith’s and the Denzel Washington’s of the world. However, their representation in the Hollywood scene is limited. The prodigious representation we have now is in need of more support, it’s on us the viewers to deliver it.
These are staples in our communities as it gives us concepts to relate to and alters the image of us, as actors and creators that can be versatile and great in this business. It also proves excellent at micro and macro levels as it inspires young black youth to desire to pursue different professions. A black youth may wish to become a police officer after being inspired by Boseman’s performance, or an actor, or comic book writer, director, artist, baseball player, a lawyer.
what Boseman is doing is setting a standard for Black characters in movies. So many times we are supporting cast members or comic relief characters or Fodder in these movies. It’s great to see a black lead, taking a hero’s journeys and solving mysteries or conquering some daunting tasks.
See 21 bridges, I highly recommend it. it is a fantastic display of this actor’s versatility and delivers an interesting take on policing. This is something to watch for everybody as it delivers thought-provoking controversial topics and suspense that will have you on your seats.
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