Black Panther Review
Here I am back again this time to review the most awaited superhero film in MCU since Thor Ragnarok, introducing a character who no one thought would be an important role in the Avengers ensemble.
Yes, I am talking about the Black Panther and it is already hailing positive reviews from all over the world for it’s stunning visuals and it’s top of the line performances making an astonishing installment to the Marvel Cinematic universe.
Black Panther takes us to the journey of Prince T’Challa from Wakanda who becomes the next king after the death of his father T’Chaka. He then realizes it is difficult in being a king or being an important influence to the people of Wakanda than physically defeating challengers. T’Challa’s responsibility towards his people is at the heart of every decision he makes and his fear of Wakanda being revealed as a rich paradise would invite greed and violence from other parts of the world. He is shown regal and thoughtful but didn’t have more splashy moments outside his suit.
With a King on the rise, there has to be a villain as kick-ass as the hero. Here we are introduced to Erik Killmonger, a former American Black Ops soldier of Wakandan Origin. A rebel to fight for the empire, Killmonger is just the perfect example of how hatred triumphs over. Joining hands with Ulysses Klaue, Erik strikes a deal to steal a Wakandan weapon made of Vibranium which is the core energy for Wakanda.
To an extent, this theory made me wonder whether the Soul stone was inside the Vibranium meteor which created Wakanda and that could be the reason why Thanos led an army of Chittauri to Wakanda in the Infinity War trailer.
The 3rd Act
Having grander designs in mind, Killmonger wanted to use that strength to rage war against countries only to prove Wakanda is not a third world country. Killmonger is shown scathingly sharp in every scene. Unlike any Marvel villains, his motivations are beyond reproach and eventual endgame makes sense that make him grounded in the real world.
In so many marvel movies, science and technology have been used to retaliate, punish and turn men into Hulk but the vision of Wakanda is shown a country way ahead of it’s time especially with the introduction of T’Challa’s sister Shuri who is a perfect cocktail of Q from James Bond meets Batman’s Robin in between using her tech to heal bullet wounds, creating hyper efficient transportation.
Alongside Shuri, the female warriors led by Okoye defending the Black Panther have played quite an integral role in the film and bring a joyful sense of engagement with the audience. However T’Challa’s love interest Nakia, a Wakandan spy living in the outside world, tries to makes a difference and makes T’Challa believe life is best served helping others outside Wakanda.
Introducing Black Panther as a first black superhero wasn’t quite a challenge in the comic book universe as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took steps to correct that 50 years ago. Infact, the way Marvel has embraced the African culture through every little element in the film is done beautifully that it makes this film stand out in the MCU.
This is a mainstream superhero film that digs deep into the turmoil and painful history of the real world and unearths the joy of process. Director Ryan Coolger and the brilliant cast dazzled with their story and beautifully choreographed action sequences, simply inviting audience to imagine themselves as kings, queens as well as the warriors.
Performances by Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and to name a few are just spot on. Kendrick Lamar with his track lists has worked at the peak of his powers giving us music that blends so well with the story of the king of Wakanda. It is their moment.
In short I want to conclude by saying, Wakanda Forever!
Ratings: (4 / 5)