One of the most anticipated Marvel Comic Universe movies to come out in a long time, a lot was riding on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. But don’t despair, Black Panther lived up to the hype.
|Cast||Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’a, Michael B. Jordan|
|Running Time||2 Hour 15 Mins.|
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T’Challa (portrayed by Chadwick Boseman), aka Black Panther, was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War when his father was murder before his eyes. This sets the stage for Black Panther, which kicks off where Captain America: Civil War left off.
We’re dramatically transported to the mysterious African kingdom of Wakanda. There just couldn’t have been a better setting for Black Panther than an African kingdom like Wakanda. Although it’s a fictional place, Wakanda represents a world where black people are able to strive and remain faithful in their own ways without fear of colonization and oppression.
The cast are phenomenal. First of all, it has to be noted that the cast were all able to master an African accent, which gave Black Panther an authentic feel representative of African culture. The predominately black cast were fantastic, making it hard to choose a favorite. Obviously, the Black Panther himself is the very definition of cool. Dare we say he is even cooler than Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark? We can’t wait to see him don the vibranium Black Panther suit again. Shuri (portrayed by Letitia Wright) – T’Challa’s little sister – definitely stood out in terms of her witty and honest comments. She’s also a genius who is behind most of the technology in Wakanda and without her Black Panther wouldn’t be what he is. There is a very cool James Bond-style scene where Shuri shows T’Challa all the futuristic gadgets she’s created for him to be the best Black Panther ever. Another mention must go to Andy Serkin who portrayed the bad guy Ulysses Klaue aka Claw for his almost perfect portrayal of a South African accent. He does the South African accent better than Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond and Matt Damon in Invictus.
Not only did we love the predominately black representation, we also loved the female element of Black Panther. Females are portrayed in a very strong and united sense, easily able to hold their own as fighters like Okoye (portrayed by Danau Gurira), humanitarians like Nakia (portrayed by Lupita Nyong’a), intellectual geeks like Shuri or caring mothers like Ramonda (portrayed by Angela Bassett).
Black Panther comes at a time where females are more and more represented in entertainment areas which were usually dominated by white men. We saw Wonder Woman having massive success last year, and we’re sure everyone’s going to love the girl power in Black Panther – it seems the world is really ready for more female representation that is less about looks and more about being awesome in your own right. Okoye is the head of King T’Challa’s all-female security unit, Dora Milaje – another great touch in Black Panther.
The tech is extremely cool. Wakanda would be any gadget geek’s dream home, with the entire country striving on the most advanced technology you can ever imagine. The experience of being transported through Wakanda in Black Panther is really something you should try to experience on the big screen in 3D.
The story is rich with detail that fits in perfectly. You’re never left feeling like there is a big information dump in Black Panther, with the story flowing beautifully and details being creatively revealed. There is a lot of homage paid to the African culture, which will make any African feel proud to be represented in a big box office superhero movie. Not only does Black Panther have a lot of heart, it also has a ton of humorous moments mixed in between exhilarating action scenes.
When you watch Black Panther you realize that you’re witnessing a historical moment in entertainment. The movie was able to show that black representation is able to produce a blockbuster that appeals to the masses. Black Panther might end up being one of the most successful Marvel Comic Universe franchise in a long time, and for good reason. The movie oozes coolness and you’re left wanting to see more of what Black Panther has to offer.
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