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- Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, David S. Lee, Florence Kasumba, Forest Whitaker, John Kani, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke
- Ryan Coogler
- Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
- February 16, 2018
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
This was not a Marvel character that I was familiar with prior to seeing the movie, but the marketing and word-of-mouth buzz really helped to get me excited for this film.
As you know, it’s very important to me NOT to include any spoilers, but I don’t think I’m giving anything away when I start my review by saying that I think this film was an awesome fusion of Marvel and Sci-Fi. For me, that’s a good thing since I tend to like most Marvel films AND I’m somewhat of a Sci-Fi buff.
I really knew nothing of the Black Panther origin story coming into this, I found it to be interesting, different and somewhat “bad ass.” Since I was not familiar with this storyline, it was fresh and intriguing for me. I quickly found myself under the spell of Black Panther and the amazing world that serves as the backdrop for this story. The "hidden" world of Wakanda was technologically awesome and I loved the way they made it work within the story. The visuals in this film were really quite mesmerizing and I never tired of the colors and the visual/special effects and the beautiful costumes/wardrobe/props.
This movie is filled with exceptionally talented actors. I can only guess that this African American centric Marvel movie caused most of the African Americans in Hollywood to say "It's about damn time. I want a role in that movie!" Of course, I don't think it's accurate for me to use the term "African American" here because this film was filled with such a diverse cast of "black" actors from all over the world and it was a real treat to be entertained by such an amazing and diverse cast.
Chadwick Boseman as the lead (T'Challa/Black Panther) was born for the role. I didn't have any preconceived notions about who should be cast in this role so I had ZERO problems buying his performance. He was great and I instantly got excited about the prospect of possibly seeing him in future Marvel films.
Michael B. Jordan has come a long way since "Friday Night Lights" and he has proven himself as a very talented actor, but this was not my favorite role for him as Black Panther's nemesis. I think he did a fine job and he was incredibly ripped for this performance, but it's kind of like casting Denzel Washington as the Penguin in a hypothetical remake of Batman. I'd rather see him in movies that tap into his deeper talents as an actor.
Letitia Wright was great as Black Panther's sister. The whole time I was watching this movie, I kept thinking "I know her from something else", but all I could come up with was an episode of "Black Mirror" and an appearance or two in "Doctor Who." In any case, she was a pleasure to watch and I hope to see more from this talented young actor.
There were several notable performances, but do I really need to mention actors like Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Martin Freeman (among others)? Well, I did anyway, because I like them all and I think each added their own layer of awesomeness to this picture.
While Marvel films are probably never going to show up on my "Favorite Movies of All Time" list, this was one of the best. I was glad I watched it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And, if you haven't seen it and even remotely like Superhero films, then I would definitely recommend you check this one out.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.