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Black Panther (2018)
T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.
Ahh Marvel, the past 10 years or so they have really been on track. I can read lots of great comics every month, count on good shows on Netflix, usually enjoy Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (though I’m getting tired of it and will give it up soon) and of course look forward to any Marvel Studios movie (and most of the other ones). It’s 3 or movies a year I can count on to be good. This one is no exception, in fact it’s better than good, it’s excellent but I’m getting ahead of tumesmyself. I heard lots of great things about Black Panther, so once they crowds died down a little I went.
This is Marvel Studios most serious and politically relevant movie ever, I’m not complaining, I think this is a great thing. That said I’m a white guy who has never been stuck for a dollar (not bragging, I have a point here) so there are aspects of this movie I can’t fully appreciate. That stated I can still give this filmmaker, actors and everyone else involved my compliments.
They attention paid to different cultures, tribes and traditions here is wonderful. Even the attention to detail when it comes to costumes is amazing. I truly hope this movie leads the way to a more diverse Hollywood, more opportunities to people of color and even a world with less bigotry and hatred. I know that’s a lot to expect from a comic book movie, but any movement has to start somewhere.
In terms of the story, I really enjoyed it. An interesting villian, and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep my glued to the screen. I never found this dull for a second and the 2+ hour screen time flew by. Very good acting by all involved, in particular I though Chadwick Boseman, Andy Serkis, Dani Gurira and Michael B. Jordan really did stellar work. The special effects and action are amazing and there are enough moments of levity to not make the movie too serious or dark. One of the only flaws I can come up with is that maybe Killmonger (the villain) could have had some more backstory and development.
This is a wonderful change of pace for Marvel. I am looking forward to what they do next and I think they should be applauded for making a movie like this. There’s a reason this has made over $1 billion worldwide and I hope it makes that much again. I really enjoyed this movie and I give it a solid 8.5 out of 10. I highly recommend this to any Marvel or just plain action movie fan. It is one of the only Marvel movies that stands by itself and I think that is another reason it has done so well. Please don’t bring children, violence and mature themes, ages 13+. I have to add Wakanda looked great and I appreciated the uniqueness of the city, another win for Marvel and a great step in the right direction in terms of equality and representation of other cultures, well done!