Black Panther Movie Review
Here is our review of the latest Marvel movie!
Our Review Of Marvel's Black Panther
This weekend Marvel released the eighteenth film in their shared movie series called the Marvel Cinematic Universe which celebrates it's 10th Anniversary this year. That movie is Black Panther, a geo-political action thriller featuring a predominately black cast, hip hop soundtrack, and socially relevant and culturally significant storylines and characters. It's by far one of the most unique movies in recent memory and is sure to be one of the most memorable moviegoing experiences you'll have all year. A breath of fresh air to the slightly stale MCU, this film is perhaps the best of the bunch when you look back at the past ten years of movies from the young Marvel Studios. Read on for more of our thoughts on the film without spoilers.
While the character was first introduced in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther dives deep into the character's own personal family history and his alter ego's mysterious mythology. We get to see the birth of the isolated nation of Wakanda and the secret origins of the Black Panther mantle which is passed on from generation to generation. This particular story begins decades ago and shows us the Biblical principle of a father's sins being passed on to his children and how those children must right the wrongs of the past by moving forward and becoming something new and different for the betterment of all. It's an emotional and moving story which is told extremely well by writer and director Ryan Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole. As a director Coogler also does an amazing job with his all-star cast each of whom could star in their own movies. (Marvel needs to get to work on multiple spin-offs.)
Plenty of new characters populate this film and a few familiar faces turn up too. Chadwick Boseman plays T'Challa as the regal King of Wakanda and the fierce warrior Black Panther balancing them out well. He also adds layers and depth to the part through his relationships with those he loves most including his mother, sister, mentor, bodyguard, and ex-girlfriend. The women in this film stand out including Letitia Wright as his witty, tech-genius little sister Shuri, Danai Gurira as the loyal leader of the royal bodyguards known as the Dora Milaje, Okoye, and Lupita Nyong'o as the feisty, sincere spy Nakia. Michael B. Jordan bring us the best Marvel villain ever in the form of Eric Killmonger who's powerful performance radiates the entire film, driving the overall narrative and charging it with dramatic tension and surprising sympathy. Other cast members like Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis all play their roles brilliantly helping flesh out this world and make you want to see more of each of them.
The action is superb here and is different from what we've seen before. There's a brutality to the way Black Panther fights using his high-tech suit and claws in devastating ways. There are two fight sequences on the waterfalls of Wakanda that are particularly intense and brutal making you wince and look away at certain moments. The big chase scene in South Korea is very unique for it's use of technology and big, epic stunts. Each and every battle works so well because of the emotional connections between the characters and the fact that each of them are fighting for a valid reason. It's a film with wonderfully choreographed fist fights and car chases which are supported by the excellent visual effects.
The production design on this movie deserves an Academy Award. The filmmakers do a fantastic job of bringing Wakanda to life as a modern, technologically advanced culture which still holds on to it's traditional African roots. It's unlike any place anyone's ever seen onscreen before. The costume design is also stunning for every character from the background extras to the main cast, but especially both Panther's new suit and the villain's which are functional and cool looking. This film's soundtrack is one of the best Marvel has ever brought us as Ludwig Goransson delivers anything but a traditional superhero score, infusing into it elements of traditional African tribal music and modern-day hip hop to represent each character and culture represented in the movie.
Black Panther is currently the best film of the year. The movie is both timeless and timely as it represents so much more than just another run-of-the-mill superhero blockbuster, but presents us with a beautiful portrayal of an underrepresented culture on film up to this point. The social and political climate has been begging for this story for decades and Coogler and his team brought it to worldwide audiences in the best possible way by crafting a politically relevant story with character-based drama, humor, and fun. Heroes are important for all people and Black Panther is a hero for everyone. He's a leader who fights for what is right and will change policy to make himself, his nation, and the world a better place. Marvel has allowed one of the best young directors to take on their most challenging character and it paid off, proving that they are the best modern movie studio because they have a finger on the pulse of the moviegoing public and deliver what the people want while also inspiring them by giving them heroes of all shapes, sizes, genders, and colors to look up to. I give Black Panther a 9.5 out of 10.