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
- Great performances by the entire cast, especially Micheal B. Jordan who,in my opinion, was the best character in the film. From the moment he shows up on the screen, you know you are in for a wild ride.
- Excellent original storyline, which concentrated on telling T’Challa’s (Black Panther) story.
- The positive portrayal of black woman in this movie was awesome.
museum curator: “I’m sorry ,these items are not for sale.”
Erik Killmonger: How you think your ancestors got it? You think they paid a fair price?”
King T’Chaka – “ You are a good man, with a good heart. Its hard for a good man to be King.”
T’Challa – “If you weren’t so stubborn, you would be a good queen”
Nakia– “ It is because I am so stubborn that I would be a good queen”
Okoye: “Guns…so primitive”
Shuri – “Don’t scare me like that, colonizer!”
Shuri –“ [about T’challa’s sandals] What are those?! ”
After months and months of anticipation Black Panther is finally upon us. Many, me included, were skeptical whether it would live up to the massive hype that surrounded it. Not only did Black Panther live up to the hype, it turned out to be much better than most critics had expected. The movie has gone on to break numerous records such as being the highest grossing Marvel cinematic universe (MCU) movie in its first week, the biggest opening for an African-American director, highest rated superhero movie of all time (according Rotten Tomatoes movie review website) among many more records it continues to break.
But what makes Black Panther so good? You may ask. Well it is not your every day run-of-the–mill superhero movie, it is much deeper than that. It tackles real life issues such as loyalty, betrayal, and revenge. Black Panther is not your typical save-the-universe-from–impending-doom kind of superhero movie, rather it concentrates on T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the nation of Wakanda. What worked is not just because it was different in scale than other Marvel or DC super hero movies, but because the stakes were so incredibly personal.
The main thing that pulled people to the cinema is the fact that this is major, big budget superhero movie with an almost entirely black cast helmed by a black director, and set in a fictional African country called Wakanda. The radiant art, costumes, makeup and hairstyles were all inspired by real-world African traditions. The language and accents were on point for all the actors. Hollywood is often criticized for using ‘generic’ African accents in their movies, but in this case they got it right.
Another great thing about Black Panther is the way women are portrayed. They are not simply placed in the movie for their sex appeal or as ‘damsels in distress’, as is the case for many super hero movies. The women of Wakanda are strong, intelligent and powerful, they do not need to be rescued, sustained or lauded by men. They are entrusted with the technological advances and the protection of the nation. Black women are practically the mightiest heroes in the movie. Rarely do we ever witness women, black women for that matter, who are graceful and determined. Even while in love, they are assertive and capable of independent thought. When faced with choosing between their dreams or the love of a man, they simply choose to follow their dreams. Women such as Shuri (Letitia Wright) and General Okoye (Danai Guirira) are scene-stealers. Those are characters one will not soon forget.
Black Panther has arguably the best villain I have ever come across in a superhero movie. Michael B. Jordan’s spellbinding performance as Erik Kilmonger will have you rooting for him to win, knowing full well that he is the bad guy. Killmonger uses the extreme pain from his childhood upbringing as fuel for his vengeful mission. Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger is a multilayer character that one cannot help but get attached to during the course of the film.
Black Panther is movie that everyone needs to watch, preferably multiple times, whether you are a fan of superhero movies or not.
5 out of 5
BY KAPA KAUMBA