For anyone who was following the PR blitz leading up to ‘Black Panther,’ like me, you probably saw the clips from the casino fight long before you saw the actual movie. However, it did not take away from the full scale amazingness of that scene, and to see it in its entirety in the film was spectacular, and remains my favorite action beat of the entire movie. Now, director Ryan Coogler has been kind enough to do a breakdown of the scene where he explains a lot of the thought that went into every little detail, from the fighting styles, to the color palette, the culture, and even some of the phenomenal camera moves he used to add excitement to the experience.
While speaking on the epic one-shot camera move between floors during the fight scene, Coogler explained it was a lot of hard work to pull off:
“It took several takes. What we had to do is we had to float a camera up with a cable rig.There’s no green screen here, it’s all happening live and direct.”
It really shows that a good director really takes the time to put in little touches and flourishes in every scene, even big action scenes where other directors might just rely on the adrenaline and the fights to carry the story. This is why ‘Black Panther’ stands out as above-average in my opinion, as you can tell the love the director and his crew have for every moment, every character, and that shines through in every scene of the movie.
What are your thoughts on Coogler’s breakdown? Did you enjoy the casino fight as much as I did? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Source: Vanity Fair