- Director: Ran Coogler
- Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B.Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Letita Wright, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Winston Duke
- Release Date: February 16, 2018
- Runnin Time: 134 minutes
Wow. Just wow. Aside from breaking records at the box office, Black Panther opens the door even wider. Not only into Wakanda, but into the world of equality. Yes Black Panther is a politically heavy film, but not so in a way that has you feeling you’re at home watching the news in our living room, or squirming in your seat for the full 134 minute run. Black Panther brings a breath of fresh air to the discussion, and you’re nothing but captivated. It handles diversity, and equality in a sophisticated, age and time appropriate way. And this movie couldn’t have come at a better time.
Black Panther is powerful. It is humorous. It is captivating. It is brilliant.
Finally a villain who has an actual purpose and reason for the things he’s done. Not that I would condone a villains evil acts. But how often have we seen a villain in a movie who wants to rule the world for nothing but just for the sake of ruling the world and being all powerful. To avoid spoilers, Erik Killmonger’s (Michael B. Jordan) actions are derived from a past altercation between his father and Wakanda’s King, that later motivates him to expose Wakanda to the rest of the world. Not only it’s existence, but the technology to create mass weaponry. Killmonger is the type of villain who we have yet to see in the MCU.
The technology in Wakanda is all created and developed by Shuri (Letitia Wright) T’Challa’s sister, otherwise known as the smartest person in the world. Who else wants to see Shuri and Tony Stark in the same room? It is rumoured that Letitia Wright is set to return for Avengers Infinity War, so perhaps the possiblity isn’t far off. However, as cool has vibranium based technology is, I couldn’t help but think; is it too perfect? And has much as I loved Shuri, she is a bit of a technology Mary Sue. But then again, in today’s movies, who isn’t? I know some people will hate that about her character, and I can understand not liking a character who can do all, let remember: Rey.
Now as much as I loved Black Panther, the lack of action was little shocking. Don’t get me wrong, there are actions sequences but not as many as I was hoping, and what few there were, they weren’t long enough, and if you blinked they were gone. However there were two scenes in particular that stood out. The club scene and towards the end of the film. Wow. Again, avoiding spoilers, but Danai Gurira’s Okoye I think is the best character to come out of not only the club scene but the whole movie. I loved her, and I’m so happy she will be returning in Avengers Infinity War. Out of the entire MCU, and I have no problem saying this, she is probably the best fighter and is going to make a great addition.
Now I wanted to keep this review spoiler free, but there are a few things that can’t be talked about without discussing portions of the film. So before I get into spoiler territory, should you see Black Panther? A thousand times yes. The time has come that we finally celebrate diversity, and embrace that an all black cast, a film with a black lead, a film that isn’t dominated by white cast is brought to the screen. That’s not to say that we can’t celebrate a movie that has a white lead, but Black Panther shows us that there is no excuse good enough to not cast either an African-American or any other person of color in a lead role for “fear” that it won’t do well or “people won’t relate” to it. Black Panther has broken recorsds in it’s short run. It is now the 5th highest grossing film of all time for it’s opening weekend, beating out Avengers: Age of Ultron, and falling just behind the first Avengers. That number is only counting the traditional 3 day weekend, as Black Panther did open on a 4 day holiday weekend. But if ou were to count the extra day, it would be the 4th night grossing opening weekend ever beating out both Avengers.
Okay now for the spoilers. You’ve been warned.
Okay, I think we were all wondering, will the soul stone appear in Black Panther? Sadly there was no reference to it in the movie, but I believe the stone is there in Wakanda. How? When the meteorite hit Wakanda, I think it brought the soul stone with it, and through it grew the heart herb that allows you inhabit the power of the black panther. Once you drank the herb you’re taken to the plain where the souls of the past panther reside. Souls? Soul stone? Makes sense that the stone is in Wakanda, and is probably near were the meteorite hit, and/or the source from which the herb grows. Another clue for the soul stone being in Wakanda, in the Infint War trailer, the war is brought to the country, so one could think Thanos knows the stone’s location and is trying to retrieve is.
Another act that raised some questions, when Killmonger was crowned king, he ordered all the heart flowers to be burned, (and Nakia was the only one to think to pocket one) leaving nothing left should a new king, or queen be crowned. While I understand the motives behind burning the garden, it was a mistake to not have someone else realize the importance of the herb and try to save has many as they could.
So while I think it was a misstep to not mention the soul stone, and destroying the garden, I think the number one mistake was letting Killmonger die. Yes, again I can understand why he wanted to die, and his reason was so powerful. I’m getting sick of seeing great villains rise, only to be killed off in the same movie. Killmonger would have made a great addition to the MCU. Possibly even an ally to Thanos. I hate seeing perfectl fine villains go to waste, when they have such potential and can add so much more.
But let me know what you think. Do you think they should’ve killed off Killmonger or let him live? What do you think of the political views that are in Black Panther? Do you think it should be so politically heavy or do you think they should’ve kept it more light, like the rest of the Marvel movies? And just in general what did you think of Black Panther, did you see it it’s opening weekend? Are you seeing it again this weekend?
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