Black Panther Reviews
That said, Chadwick Boseman was awesome.
After "Civil War" wherein T'Challa's father died, the son returns home to a hidden, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to properly take his rightful place as king. As he returned home, his beginning duties as king meets the first bump when drawn to an age-old, unresolved conflict that invites another, still-connected conflict of hidden heritage. T'Challa's faces treachery and danger as his identity as both king and the Black Panther gets threatened, along with the questionable fate of his homeland's stance towards the rest of the outside world, as well heritage customs.
While it's a unique experience and honorably restricted within the homeland narrative boundaries, "Black Panther" continues the Marvel-ous power of glorifying excellence under its own cinematic creativity. The exhilarating peak of the MCU, as well the bar-raising standards for a solo film, is due to how absorbing the introduced world is with fully embodied characters to express their ideals and culture's importance, including perfect chemistry and appealing attachment. While the exhilaration and absorption are both minimally powered by the further advanced visual effects, what took them to the maximum is the human soul via the great cast's performances, reaching an emotional peak for such filmic soul of an MCU film - with the emphasis provided by Ludwig Gï¿ 1/2ransson's composed score juggling between cultural African elements and cinematic customs whilst accompanied by specially associated experimental hip hop.
From "Fruitvale Station" to "Creed" to this mainstream blockbuster, director Ryan Coogler continues his modernizing Spike Lee-esque auteuristic theme and taste with realistic depth, especially behind the antagonistic force of stirring the complicating action towards something of humanization. This film really fits into his constant vision of presenting overlooked cultures and characters that are mainly people of color, with the maintained touch of reality within an attractively accustomed superhero world. Couple occasions throughout the film showed impressive cinematography by Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound") with a long shot of an occurring brawl and few trippy rotations along with Coogler's own way to emphasize a moment like how a composer does.
"Black Panther" is probably the most meaningful in terms of realism through authentic designs, tastes and thematic ideas that speaks volumes into fine representations of ethnicities as in it is culture over the visual presentation of introducing a hidden world, thanks to the excellent determination of the cast, particularly, and crew, including the director himself. Not only did this solo film ultimately raised the standards of a solo-focused MCU film with the computer-generated, action-packed and explored exhilaration and very well performed, dynamical emotion of displaying perfect chemistries, it also places the film in a contending race of such award-winning potentials than most visually-impressive Marvel films. So as a superhero film in a benchmarking franchise, it's the best singular picture yet; then as a regular film for those outside the comics and even the interconnected cinematic universe, it's entertaining with a self-contained value. (A+)