Prominent black lead films for Black History Month – The Prospector
With the month of February drawing near, that means the start of Black History Month. Occurring annually, Black History Month shines a light on African American communities around the world while also displaying the many triumphs and achievements they have made and continue to make. A way to support and learn more about the holiday is to dive into the many films highlighting a main cast of Black voices. Here is a list of several widely recognized Black led films to kick off the observance this February.
“The Harder They Fall”
Directed by famed music producer Jeymes Samuel and starring acting powerhouse Jonathan Majors, this film centers on a lone outlaw out for revenge after an enemy from his life escapes prison. Loosely based on real life western figures in history, Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) must reunite with his old gang to take down the intimidating Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) and his gang. The film is fast paced, exerting a heavy amount of energy on screen. Not only does the film exhibit exciting action, but it also includes entertaining performances you will not be able to look away from. “The Harder They Fall” is available to stream on Netflix.
If you are a fan of both horror and science fiction, look no further than director Jordan Peele’s third film “Nope.” The story centers around siblings who inherit their father’s Hollywood horse ranch on the outskirts of California. However, due to a changing industry and the dwindling sales from the family business, the main sibling duo embarks on a journey to save the ranch in a new way after a terrifying discovery in the sky. Jordan Peele knows how to combine both comedic moments of levity with sheer moments of terror. Venture into the unknown and say yes to “Nope.” Nope is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The next film is not action packed like the previous entry, but just as impactful on an emotional level. The story follows a young man throughout the three stages of his blossoming adolescence, as a child, teenager and later a full adult. It chronicles the difficulties he experiences with his mother, fellow peers at school, his sexuality and the tough environment he calls home. The way imagery is used throughout the runtime captures the beauty in everyday life that would otherwise fall unnoticed. We follow how even in the darkest of times throughout a person’s life, there is always someone who we can have a positive connection with despite the harsh circumstances. Moonlight is available to stream on Apple TV.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Last but certainly not least, there is a film that the whole family can enjoy. The film follows a young boy named Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) who lives in the heart of New York City.
Miles is a bright person but would rather spend his time drawing and practicing graffiti than attending his new private school. One night, Miles gets bitten by a genetically modified spider, thus transforming him into a super powered hero.
Along with others who share Miles’ gift from different universes, Miles must take down the evil “Kingpin” before the many universes end in peril.
The most unique part of the film is the animation style it is animated in, often looking as if it were a moving vintage comic book.
While achieving technical marvels visually, the film also tells a very relatable story of trying to fit in a world that sees others differently. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available to stream on Hulu.
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