Film Review: Black Panther

I’ll be the first to admit it, I have thoroughly enjoyed all the films that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us and will say I love some more than others over different things. But Black Panther… that is something else entirely and I swear I could feel my eyes widen in awe with each passing second as I watched the big screen.

Before I had gone to see this film, I had begun to rewatch all of the Marvel films, and boy after seeing Black Panther, they have come a long way in the ten years they have been around. (Ten years? Really?!!) The graphics are so stunning, I could not believe some of them to be real.

Black Panther Movie Poster

Onto the film itself. Though I missed a bit of it at the beginning, from where I saw it, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) had returned home to Wakanda to take his place as king and the new Black Panther. While he is going through the rituals – a fight between T’Challa and M’Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe – a Wakandan artefact is stolen from a museum by Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Erik Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)

Once T’Challa gains his full powers and is pronounced king, he learns of the stolen artefact from CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) and follows Klaue to South Korea. Not only to reclaim the piece but to also bring Klaue back to Wakanda to answer for his crimes years before. The chase scene is amazing, especially with the exchanges between Okoye, Nakia and Shuri – T’Challa’s bodyguard, ex and sister respectfully.

However, during a later interrogation, things go awry and Klaue escapes and Ross is badly injured. T’Challa and Nakia bring Ross to Wakanda to heal him, as he had shielded Nakia from getting shot.

Not wanting to spoil the film entirely, I won’t go into everything, but the twist is amazing and it just hypes up the story, the audience and fans even more so, especially with the reveal of Killmonger… *dun dun duuunnn*

As I said before, the graphics throughout the film are just stunning. For some parts, they are so seamless between CGI and reality, for example when T’Challa dons the new Black Panther suit, and how his mask goes on. Just beautiful. Even the final battle scenes were just stunning. The location, the people and even the creatures were just… I can’t describe it, apart from it being just amazingly stunning and just… wow.

Even the characters I loved. They were strong, empowering, funny and even just human throughout. Which in my mind is what we all need to see. We don’t want to see the perfect fighter, the perfect king or the perfect meek princess. No. Not in 2018. We need strong, influential characters to help us strive to better ourselves and make our own impact on the world.

Yes, we are all only human and no-one is perfect. We all have faults, we all have weaknesses, we make mistakes, but we learn from these and do our best to change it for the future, as we see at the end of the film.

I hope this film stems a sequel, after Avengers: Infinity Wars as I would love to see what happens next for Wakanda, T’Challa and all the other characters that are a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I cannot wait.

100 per cent earned in my eyes of a 5 out of 5 star rating.

~ D



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