Black Panther Review
Black Panther is a 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, and stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman,Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther is one of the best superhero films of all time. They build up the hype and they deliver. Both the plot and the acting are phenomenal.
The acting was great from everyone. Michael B. Jordan in particular was phenomenal. He stole the show every time he was on camera. I think this is one of his best performance right behind Fruitvale Station and Creed. Whoever was in charge of casting deserves a raise. No one felt out of place. Even the smaller roles were great. Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira didn't play huge roles, but they were still great.
I loved Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther when I saw him in Captain America Civil War, but I didn't know if he could hold up an entire movie. I'm glad to say he did just that.
The film was perfectly cast from Boseman and Jordan to Bassett and Whitaker.
The plot and characters were the best part of the film. The story was amazing. The film does have some elements of the usual Marvel formula, but strong characters and enough of a diverse story lets this film soar in a different direction.
Strong characters such as T'Challa and Killmonger make even the slower parts worth watching. Killmonger is one if the best and most complex characters in the MCU.
The scenes with T'Challa and Killmonger are absolutely great. Watching two different people who want the same thing, but have different ways of achieving it was amazing.
I never thought I could love a villain as much as I did.
The plot was great. It revolved around King T'Challa's first year as king. I think the best part of it was that it all made sense. Both the hero and the villain had motives that made sense. I love the fact that there were some actual surprises in the film.
The beginning of the film is good, but when Killmonger goes to Wakanda it goes to great. From the moment he first steps foot in Wakanda you know your in for a treat.
The CGI was also great. There were a couple of times were it did look a little rough, but for the most part it was fine.
I do have a few negatives. Spoiler ahead. The ending when W'Kabi sends his troops to attack T'Challa and Okoye. The split between them didn't feel natural, and a little rushed. I understood he was loyal to Wikanda and the throne, but once T'Challa returned he still followed Killmonger's orders. I understood what they were trying to do, but it didn't really work. Another problem I had was that it really didn't feel like a superhero film, especially the first half. I don't know if it's a negative or a positive.
Every aspect of Black Panther works. The acting, plot, and the action all work. Even the soundtrack's perfect.
This is probably the most emotionally driven films in the MCU. The stakes aren't as high as other Marvel films, but it's so much better. It's a grounded story that pulls on your emotional strings. The story puts in both political and racial comments, but doesn't force an answer.
This is one of the best films of the year. It is almost a complete lock for best popular film. It also deserves a best picture nod, and I believe Jordan deserves a best supporting actor nod.
This is one if the most well put together films of the year. One of the best superhero films to this date.
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