• John Boccellari

MOVIE REVIEW - BLACK PANTHER


(POSTER PROVIDED VIA IMDB.COM)

***WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. I SWEAR TO TRY NOT TO.***

RATED: PG-13

RUNNING TIME: 2 Hours 14 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2018

DIRECTOR: Ryan Cooglar

WRITERS: Ryan Cooglar, Joe Robert Cole

STARRING:

Chadwick Boseman asT'Challa

Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger

Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia

Danai Gurira as Okoye

Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross

Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi

Letitia Wright as Shuri

Winston Duke as M'Baku

Sterling K. Brown as N'Jobu

Angela Bassett as Ramonda

Forest Whitaker as Zuri

Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue

John Kani as T'Chaka

(TRAILER PROVIDED VIA FILM SELECT)

As far as I know, Black Panther is definitely one of the most anticipated MCU films to date. That's been company standard when it comes to Marvel. They always seem to out do themselves. Not like their counterparts at DC/Warner Bros. who sabotaged their own film in Justice League which was supposed to be a game changer. Sorry, the pain from that film is still a little raw for me. We aren't here for that, we are here for Black Panther.

Black Panther's debut in Captain America Civil War was masterfully handled and left us wondering more about him and his country of Wakanda. The Black Panther film definitely sheds the much deserved light on the country of Wakanda and explores the wonders that the Wakandan people have achieved up to present day in the MCU.

From early reports, Black Panther was originally meant to fill the void of Spider-Man in Civil War for the MCU. I'm not totally sure how that would have played out on screen for the character if they went with the original plan. Either way, i guess he would have still been team Iron Man. Once Marvel Studios worked out their deal with Sony and they were able to bring Spider-Man home, we were able to get a Black Panther who was more attuned to getting revenge then just randomly being placed in the movie. (Look at me, I'm rambling.)

The film did a great job getting us to understand why the Wakandan technology could not get into the wrong hands and why kings of the past felt it necessary to hide their true selves from the world. The film also made an equally relevant argument as to why they should share their ways the proper way. What I'm trying to say is that the film was very well written. It made sense. It reestablished the importance of vibranium and how it could be used as more than just metal.for a shield. And it was a hell of a fun ride from beginning to end.

The characters were well fleshed out but the show stealer was Killmonger. He is by far one of the best MCU villains to date. Michael B Jordan completely redeemed himself after Fantastic Four with this role. I found myself feeling bad for him once we learned what his character endured throughout his life. He was the one villian that I hoped could be reached and brought from the dark side and into the light. I think a lot of people would agree with me there. His whole life, he did what he needed to do to survive and then get his revenge. I related Killmonger to being like reverse Batman. He endured great tragedy and did what he needed to do to make things right for himself. But instead of trying to protect and make sure no other would feel his pain, he aimed to conquor and destroy. Vengeance is never a good road to travel. Vengeance was a one way road for him and there was no turn off I sight.

All of the supporting character and actors played well for the film. No one felt out of place and everyone had a purpose. Again, this is a great example of good writing and planning. Make sure to stay until after the credits. Marvel is known for their post credit scenes. There are two and we get to see the "White Wolf" who is none other than the Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes.

Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. I feel that they could not have casted this role better than they already have. There is much speculation as to the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the next two Avengers movies. There is doubt if Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans will be back after those two features. I've heard that there may be a shift in who the MCU would be centered around and those two character would be Spider-Man and Black Panther. We have all seen Spider-Man Homecoming and we love what they are doing with the character since bringing him home to Marvel. Marvel has done the same with Black Panther in giving us a character that we can all really get behind. I give the film a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to see what happens next for Black Panther and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We will see Black Panther next in Avenger's Infinity War.

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