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I May Destroy You
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I truly don't understand all the acclaim for this film. Partially, I suppose, but overall it isn't a great film. Visually it is stunning, which is usually expected from Marvel, but this one is especially gorgeous. That said, it's pretty much all style and no substance. How this is esteemed as "the most political Marvel film ever made" is beyond me -- the Captain America trilogy is vastly superior in that respect. Black Panther isn't really sure of its direction, which is very odd and off-putting for such a dialog-heavy film. It feels like its grasping at making a sociopolitical statement but never reaches it. I found myself rooting for Michael B. Jordan the entire film, and you know something's wrong when you sympathize and rationalize more with the antagonist than the protagonist. Black Panther tries to redeem itself at its end by basically spinning the villain's ideology with a utilitarian approach. I wasn't having it by that point. I also fucking hate being this person but my god, does the reverse racism get old. All the "ugh, Americans" and "ugh, another white guy we gotta help" aren't clever or funny. I'm not even white and it made me cringe. This is pretty much one of those movies you leave on in the background because of how pretty it is but don't pay attention to because it's almost entirely devoid of meaning or purpose.