REVIEW: BLACK PANTHER (2018)

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“We must find a way to look after each other, as if we were one single tribe.”

Black Panther is the next film in the Marvel Universe, and tells the story of T’Challa as he takes over Wakanda from his father due to his father’s murder. In an effort to become a good king, T’Challa finds out that his predecessors did not do what was right by the people of the kingdom in sharing the vital resources that Wakanda possesses. The ruler of this nation, becomes a greater responsibility when a young man by the name of Killmonger comes to threaten T’Challa’s reign as King. Black Panther has an incredible amount of hype surrounding it. I never believe in the hype surrounding a movie, because more times than not, the movie does not live up to my expectations. I cautiously went into this movie not expecting the best. but I should be ashamed because Black Panther was everything that people said it was.

The cast of the film is what makes the movie great. I know you’re probably saying how the action was everything, but without a great cast, the film would be nothing. Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular character, is fantastic. landscape-1504787030-black-pantherHe comes across strong, but is also very human and loving in various scenes, which I believed added more to his character versus other Marvel heroes. And of course the Black Panther must have his nemesis, who is played by Michael B. Jordan. Jordan, who is used to playing more heroic and inspirational characters, let’s it all out in his portrayal of Killmonger. Killmonger is everything opposite of Wakanda. However, when more of his character is revealed, you begin to sympathize with him. Not enough to excuse his aggressive nature, but a narrative that will truly help you see the good in him. But Black Panther would be nothing without the woman who are in this film. Both Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, who play the two main female characters, are exceptional. There are no words to really convey how great they are in portraying these women. All the female characters are very independent and are able to keep the kingdom going even when everything looks to be lost. These characters remind me of Amazonian warriors, who would sacrifice their lives for their homeland.

The film’s director, Ryan Coogler, is now 3 for 3 when he is in the director’s chair, including his movies such as Fruitvale Station and Creed. Coogler, who is also a writer for Black Panther, creates a visually unique atmosphere that the MCU has been missing for a while. Black Panther includes some of the best fight scenes that I have seen in years. There were certain scenes throughout the film when the action literally gave me chills. The choreography of these fight scenes were done so well, that I couldn’t help but be mesmerized.

I always measure a film by one thing: does it take me out of my element? The films that stay with me long after I watch them, have this quality. I lose my sense of awareness of my surroundings and surrender myself to the film. Black Panther does this and so much more. It grips you from the very start. This film marks a new chapter in the book of superhero films, when so many audience members have become fatigued. This is a fun film that everyone should see at least once in the theater. You will have so much fun, that after the movie is finished, you will exit the theater chanting Wakanda Forever!

Black Panther

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira

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