Black Panther Reviews
Overall though i very much enjoyed my stay in the Wakanda great wifi decent toilets but lacking sever amount of Paul Rudd, overall i had a ball. I do believe though this movie should have been set in a separate universe where Owen Wilson (famous for his role in the hit motion picture Cars.) takes on the role of Thanos and this leads to Rudd and Boseman on the moon while teaming with martians. Other than that this is an absolute cinematic masterpiece with thrills, spills and more spills, 10 on 10 IGN, would recommend to everyone from my mother to my brother to half cousin, BEST DCEU film to date, only love JJ.<3
The titular character is played with effortless cool by Chadwick Boseman but infused with a humanity that most actors cannot provide their superheroes. With a look, he can tell the viewer how he is feeling and when he is struggling with a difficult situation. He really grounds this movie by constantly reminding us of his humanity. Sometimes, it is difficult to identify with a superhero because they seem so distant with their abilities. Black Panther works well by allowing him to have fallibility and not being perfect at all times.
The sister is played by Letitia Wright and she is my other favorite character in the movie consistently playing off her brother well who is Black Panther. Tech whiz continues to play a vital role in the king's success and offers quips which are not just throw away one-liners. The ability for her to ground her brother when he is getting cocky is important for keeping the family dynamics of this story. His sister and group of protectors work together to make this feel like more of a collective effort than a single extraordinary effort. This makes the film unique in how it chooses to unveil a culture and reveal a group as the fighting force rather than a singular entity.
Michael B. Jordan plays the villain to Boseman's Black Panther questioning who should be the rightful king. I enjoyed how the villain was written as a character with real concerns such as never feeling like he belonged. Also, being removed from a culture you were supposed to grow in would be shocking as well. The motives are relatable and you can feel for the villain which allows the character to be more dimensional than you typically see in origin stories. My problem is more with his performance which lacked the depth the character was written to have and he just seemed to be playing himself again in this film. I felt Boseman imbued his character with far more complexity but was not written as well as the villain.
Also, the supporting characters are woefully underwritten as well. It is never apparent what makes the best friend of Prince T'Challa change his allegiance. I get the message was rousing and it was interesting to hear about the dominant societies of the past. The reasoning for being a conqueror was compelling but it still did not explain how easily different tribes decided to turn against each other. Maybe, it was the fact Wakanda is so fractured and needed more unification. I get it but the writing made it rushed and too simple to explain how everything had gone to hell so quickly. More development was needed for his best friend and there are other characters who would be throwaways as well. Less would be more in this case and an overall better film.
The world building of this picture really drew me in and becomes one of the characters itself. Here we have a Marvel movie taking more chances even if it does not deliver on all of its promises. More thoughtful editing and a better performance from Jordan could have elevated this movie as something more. This film had a lot to say and it compels you to think more than an average popcorn movie. I really enjoyed it but I stayed due to the playful bantering of Boseman and Wright.