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Of course it's easy to give this film points for simply existing. To applaud the fact that a big budget film about an African hero not only got made but has become such a huge success. But it also happens to be a pretty good film. The design, effects and action are as good as you'd expect from any Marvel film, and there are the usual welcome moments of humour to puncture the seriousness. But it also scores higher than many other Marvel movies in a couple of respects: there are many strong roles for women, with Shuri, Nakia, and Okoye standing out. And they have one of the most complex and compelling villains in recent years, to the extent that at times it's hard to know whether to side with him or T'Challa on certain issues.
The 'issues' at stake are real and have contemporary relevance, and there are some surprisingly nuanced nods at race relations and colonial history, but it's all done with a light touch and woven into the story and characterisation.
another knockout from Marvel
After a VERY slow first half hour that feels interminable, the movie really kicks into high gear, and turns into a very enjoyable film. It’s nowhere near Marvel’s best, but that’s more a testament to Marvel’s consistent quality than a knock on Black Panther. It appears Marvel has finally figured out their villain problem, as Ulysses Klaue and Killmonger are both very compelling villains in very different ways. The movie works because it’s very relevant politically, and all the characters have valid (but opposing) viewpoints. As usual, much of the emotional heft of the movie comes down to daddy issues, but I find that a fun thread in the MCU.
Took two times through, but ultimately liked this film a lot. Initial response was wanting more Black Panthering in the film - plus feeling it was far too similar to the Thor saga (as well as the Aquaman story we're about to get). Far more intricate the second time around. Not sure it deserves the overwhelming support it seems to get, but it is a more than solid addition to the MCU.
|Chadwick Boseman||T'Challa / Black Panther|
|Michael B. Jordan||Erik Killmonger|
|Andy Serkis||Ulysses Klaue / Klaw|
|Sterling K. Brown||N'Jobu|
|Martin Freeman||Everett K. Ross|
Black Panther follows T'Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.