‘Black Panther’ Review

‘Black Panther’ Review

‘Black Panther’ is finally here.  In my lifetime, I have not seen an excitement level for a film this high, that isn’t called ‘Star Wars’. This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 for four reasons. The first being, it’s a marvel film. Marvel has been killing it lately, as you probably know. The second being, a man named Ryan Coogler, the director of this film. He has made two films that I feel are INCREDIBLE, those being ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’. I feel he is one of the best young directors working today. The third, being Black Panther’s role and introduction in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ I thought was incredible and it made me want to see his solo film immediately. And the final reason is the cultural significance of this film and the impact that it was hopefully going to have in the world and Hollywood. It’s the first ever African decent superhero with basically an all-black cast as well as a black director, which is a huge step forward Hollywood. So how was the movie? Guys believe the hype. This is by far one of Marvel’s best films, if not the best solo film. One of the things that I admire so much about Marvel and why I think they are able to stay relevant for 10 years now with 18 films under their belt now, is that they are able to make each one of these films feel different from one another. And ‘Black Panther’ is no exception to that. The positive of this film is a LONG list. The first thing I’m gonna mention is the cast. This cast is the most incredible cast Marvel has pulled together for a stand-alone film. Chadwick Bosemen, Michael B. Jordan, Luptia Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angel Basset, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Martin Freeman star in this film. That is a hell of a cast. And let me tell you, they are all fantastic. What puts this over the edge of any other stand-alone Marvel film is the emphasis on character. Each character in this film is fleshed out and interesting. Coogler even fleshes side characters that you would not think would be fleshed out. This makes the film more dense and intriguing and since a lot of this movie hinges on caring about the fictional country of Wakanda, it is imperative that we get to know the inhabitants of Wakanda, so we care. But the character other than T’Challa (Black Panther) that everyone will be talking about is Erik Killmonger played by Michael B. Jordan. This is the best villain Marvel has ever written so far. Killmonger is a character in which you know his motives and they make sense. You feel for this character and Michael B. Jordan is a great actor and he gives a great performance as Killmonger. Killmonger’s arc in the film is truly powerful and I can’t wait for y’all to see it. This leads me to the deep and inlining social and political message of this film that is, again, something that Marvel hasn’t done before. The commentary that this film had given me chills and I loved it. The message being one about race and the state that it’s in in the United States. While Coogler doesn’t hit us over the head with this, he does it in a very clever way and it’s a current throughout the film. The action scenes are great, but I would say don’t get your hopes up to much about the action. While there are a few action set pieces in this movie, this movie’s main focus is on character. It’s not so much worried about having exciting action rather it’s more worried about having compelling characters, which is how you’re supposed to make a film. There are two action scenes in particular that are going to go down as iconic for the MCU. The last positive that I wanted to mention is the music in this film. Ludwig Goransson’s score is incredible, along with some of the original songs that KUNG FU KENNY himself (Kendrick Lamar), made for the soundtrack are really fun as well and it adds to the vibe and pace of this film which is very particular and different for the MCU. As for negatives, the only negative that I found in this film is some of the CGI at the end of the film seemed a little off. And that’s seriously it. This film exceeded my expectations and I find it really hard for someone who enjoys these types of films to not like this.



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