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Black is King

This feature-length film, a visual album by Beyonce, uses her music and the medium to retell the story of the Lion King from the perspective of the Black experience. The film is impressive and showcases Beyonce’s incredible talent and vision. Filming took place in Africa, Europe, and the US and features a lot of unknown actors. The visual imagery stunning, some of the images with their juxtaposition of color and sound are breathtaking. The costuming is equally gorgeous and reflects the many aspects of the African and African American experiences. The film is a celebration of Black pride, Black beauty, Black history, and Black culture that should set the standard for how filmmakers can achieve diversity and inclusion and turn out superior works of art. The film feels like a series of music videos in some places, but Beyonce uses her unique voice and poetry to stitch the episodes together into a coherent story. I am amazed at what she accomplishes here. Big thumbs up from me. (2020; 4 Stars)

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