This past weekend, the movie Night School hit theaters nationwide and it was without question going to be a successful beginning of the Fall movie season. With an opening weekend of about $28 million, Night School shot up past the other movie contenders to take the number 1 spot in American film.
The biggest thing about the movie, besides the top-grossing comedians in entertainment right now, was the lesson that was craftily woven between the movie’s overarching plot. If you haven’t seen Night School then I would suggest stopping right here. But if you have seen the comedy, then you realize that the biggest lesson that movie sold was the lesson of taking advantage of second opportunities.
Many times in life, opportunities and chances come around once. If you’re wise, then you will take notice of the opportunity and it’s relevance and do the best you can humanly do. But sadly, there are times in life when a person’s youth, inexperience and poor judgment outweigh those experiences and you find yourself wishing and hoping for a second chance in hindsight.
With the help of a caring and highly passionate teacher played by Tiffany Haddish, a group of unlikely friends, and the unlikely motivation from an old high school rival, Teddy, portrayed by Kevin Hart, finds himself on the emotional and self-discovery journey of a lifetime. Over the course of the journey, Teddy finds himself facing life’s uncomfortable truths and in the end, he celebrates with success.
In all, despite the movie’s hilarious moments and laughable scenes, I appreciate Night School for its lesson and self-reflective themes. Laughing at comedy is one thing but learning lessons while laughing is a perfect nod to classic cinema and to learning to live and thrive among life’s twists and turns. I even think it would be apropos to state that class is officially dismissed.
The phenomenal movie was released a little over a month ago and it has shattered records and even received the green light on creating a Black Panther 2. Helmed and written by the young Hollywood director Ryan Coogler, Black Panther has truly ushered in a new wave of not only comic movie releases but as well the way mainstream media views predominately African American and minority cast movies.
But considering all of the hype that was around Black Panther since it was first announced as an upcoming Marvel film, was it really surprising that it has crossed a certain threshold of success? Chasing behind the heels of blockbuster powerhouses such as Jurassic Park and Titanic, Black Panther is well on the path to becoming the best selling movie of all time in American cinema history. As I penned this article, Black Panther had already amassed over $1.2 billion in worldwide and domestic profits. Considering the fact the movie has yet to be released digitally and across other media platforms, the overall success if the film is yet to be known.
So, what are my overall thoughts on why the movie has reached and accomplished epic proportions? My answer to this question can be answered for three reasons. Reason one, Black Panther has broad cultural appeal in that it represents a culture that is often portrayed and studied in media for Mass consumption. Reason two, Black Panther served as a connectional film that bridged a gap between both cultures and generations of comic and superhero movie enthusiasts. And finally reason three, Black Panther represents a need and desire to watch and take an active role in creating movies and dialogue centered around minority groups and our ever-changing diverse society.
In closing, if you have seen Black Panther then you should be honored and proud to have witnessed such an awesome cinematic work. And if you haven’t seen Black Panther then, I truly don’t know what to say other than go now or at least by this holiday weekend.