There’s No Place Like Wakanda!!
Let me just start off by saying that I’m not really going to be getting into the how this film relates to and is an important reflection/message to today’s political and social climate. It has been addressed by many other sites and for the most part, I completely agree with them. Instead, I want it to be noticed of how this movie tackled an important element to film making that Marvel has really accomplished in awhile…how to tell a great story.
I also know that I’m a little late to the Black Panther party. But, my eyes have finally soaked in all of its rightful glory and I’m ready to pass my judgement forth like so many have done before. Black Panther did not only make a statement, it told a wonderful story. I really cannot think of another Marvel film within the Avengers universe that has just told an amazing tale in quite awhile. I also cannot recall another venture by Marvel that has made me this excited in awhile. It was not just a super hero movie, it was a film that passed on and delved into the myths and legends that create vibrant cultures. Even if the viewer had no clue what Wakanda is or who T’Challa was, they would understand by the conclusion of the film. Utilizing the scenery around the characters created wonderful worlds and pivotal points. Whether it was on the African plains or the section 8 housing of the United States, Director Ryan Coogler knew how to paint a picture and guide the narrative along using vivid imagery.
The casting choices were also brilliant and believable. For the 4 main characters, Chadwick Boseman IS Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o IS Nakia, Danai Gurira IS Okoye, and Letitia Wright Is Shuri. Everyone was wonderful and powerful as well. Well, almost everyone. The only person I wasn’t blown away by was, and please don’t hate me for this, Michael B. Jordan. I liked him as Killmonger for the first half, but as soon as he fought for his right to the throne, he lost me. I just could not fully believe that he was the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong! I still thought he did a great job! Compared to the rest of the cast though, he just wasn’t a stand out for me, personally.
Black Panther also did a great job of both creating and showing strong family bonds, internal and external fights of your past, how yo ucan change the future, and how to both give and accept new ideas.
In short, the film is great and if you have not viewed it yet, then what are you waiting for?