Black Panther (2018) [Movie Review]

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkins, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke.

Director: Ryan Coogler
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 134 min

The Black Panther movie is a Afrocentric, depiction of a superhero monarch civil war based on Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Marvel comic book character Tchalla who is the king of Wakanda, who goes by the alias Black Panther while he is on duty as a superhero warrior. Black Panther (2018) is a brave and bold movie set in the fictional technologically advanced private African Nation know as Wakanda, the film focuses on the internal and problematic issues that arises within and outside of Wakanda. 

The aspects of this film, that make this film unique is the significance of Vibranium the precious fictional metal Vibranium is found. Vibranium is a metal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been referenced in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War the metal was what Ultron was made up of and also Captain America’s shield. Vibranium powers Wakanda and as a main plot device for the film. What I find intriguing about this film, is how it used African culture such as mentioning real world African countries such as Ghana and Benin and tribes and ritualistic traditions and also how it is within the Afrofutirism genre.

 

 

The movie is about a king who has to, overcome threats to his throne, T’challa portrayed by Chadwick Boseman has assembled a group of powerful woman to assist his goals for instance Nakia potrayed by Lupita Nyongo who is a spy and war lord sent to other countries to complete dangerous missions and she is also T’challa’s former girlfriend and now friend and ally in the film. Princess Shuri without a doubt is a very important and influential character she is in-charge of the research department of Wakanda. 

Representation is important, this movie represents: African superhero, strong woman, African culture and the genre of Afrofuturism. In my opinion this movie feels like a standalone film, the action scenes were a badass this movie is a political movie and it seemed like it was creating a movement within the fan base. The cinematography was amazing and the story was like a prince becoming a man and accepting his role as King.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In conclusion, I believe that Ryan Coogler, the staff on set and everyone involved in this movie, did a phenomenal job producing and developing the movie Black Panther, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it is important that a standalone movie of a comic book character is handled correctly the movie is the representation of a legacy character and Black Panther is a well established character in the comics this movie portrayed Black excellence that is rarely seen in modern Hollywood movies. 

 

 

 

 

The Pros

  1. Black Panther South Korean car chase scene with Shuri
  2. Seeing Wakanda the futuristic African Nation
  3. Tchalla’s storyline his, battles and determination to become a great king
  4. Erik Killmonger the antagonising character and nemesis to T’Challa
  5. Okoye, The Dora Molaje, Nakia and M’Baku

 

 

The Cons 

  1. Short action sequences (the longest action scenes where the last battles)
  2. The first action scene and last battle where too dark in the beginning, sometimes it was hard to see what exactly was going on
  3. For people new to Black Panther, they might not understand the story since this movie is not an origin film, since Black Panther was introduced in Civil War

 

 

My Rating: 10/10

 

 


Date published: 06/02/18

Written by: Joseph Opoku 

Source: (1) Marvel [Black Panther (1/3) Twitter] (2) Marvel [Black Panther (2/3) Twitter] (3) Marvel [Black Panther (2/3) Twitter]

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