|Directed by||:||Ryan Coogler||Produced by||:||Kevin Feige||Based on||:||Black Panther by Stan Lee Jack Kirby||Starring||:||Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke||Production company||:||Marvel Studios||Distributed by||:||Walt Disney Studios, Motion Pictures|
Winston-Salem moviegoers embrace 'Black Panther'
Four-year-old Grayson Kelley showed up Friday with his parents at The Grand 18 wearing a Black Panther costume, occasionally taking off his black and silver mask to talk to his parents.
“We’ve been tracking it for a long time,” his mother, Lauren McCray of Winston-Salem, said of the “Black Panther” movie that officially opened Friday.
Grayson’s father, Phillip Kelley, has seen all the Marvel movies.
“When we found out this was coming out, we had to come and see it,” Phillip Kelley said.
He said that his son has all the Black Panther toys and a book.
“He is over excited,” Kelley said of seeing the movie.
While Grayson was in costume, many other Winston-Salem moviegoers attended the movie wearing African attire or sported black clothing or Black Panther T-shirts.
Ali Dabo, who is originally from Liberia, showed off his West African clothing before rushing away to watch the movie with his wife.
The Rev. Annie Dalton talked about the movie as she left the theater, saying that as a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, she has been wearing a lot of African attire for the entire month of February because it’s Black History Month.
On a scale of 1 to 10, she gave “Black Panther” a 15.
“It gives a message to young blacks, but it does something for the older ones, too,” Dalton said of the movie. “I’m hoping that these young people can look at it and see that we can contribute, we do contribute, and we have always contributed to the world, and see their worth.”
She was most impressed by the strong leadership roles portrayed by the black actresses in the movie.
“I like for girls and young people to see roles that women play so that they can understand that it doesn’t matter what your gender is,” Dalton said.
Aisha Boston watched the movie with her boyfriend, Reginald Wagner; her children, King and Kimber Boston; and her sister, Shaneequah Leader.