After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. – Marvel Studios
Just a heads up everyone, I’m about to suck Marvel’s d*ck cause I frigging loved this movie. You’ve been warned.
Black Panther was directed by Ryan Coogler and written by him and Joe Robert Cole. Ryan Coogler directed Creed and Creed was one of my favorite films of 2015. So, when I found out Coogler was directing Black Panther, I couldn’t wait.
This movie was a blast, tonally it was very similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, if you’ve looked at my ranking of the MCU you would know that Winter Soldier is my second favorite Marvel movie, so, this is good thing for Black Panther. Like any Marvel movie there are jokes, which I generally love. Black Panther had jokes but it wasn’t jam packed like Thor: Ragnarok, which I adored. The jokes in Black Panther were subtly and perfectly placed, nothing distracted from the action or drama. As an origin movie for a Marvel character this is one of the more fresh and original ones. Sounding like a broken record here but I love Ant-Man and Doctor Strange but at times they just felt like different versions of the first Iron Man movie. Black Panther is a story we’ve haven’t seen in the MCU before, the story isn’t anything new, we’ve all seen The Lion King but to the MCU this is new and fresh. I would say since Spider-Man: Homecoming Marvel has really figured out how to do solo origin movies.
I often say this in reviews but this time I 100% mean it. There wasn’t one bad performance in this whole movie. It’s rare to care about secondary characters but I loved them all in Black Panther and that rests solely on the performances. I don’t have time to go over all the characters so if I skip some it’s not that I didn’t like them. First off Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa is perfect, he has the regal charm on lock. Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, we don’t see all that much of him but his character motives are so clear, that I absolutely understand why he does what he does. Winston Duke as M’Baku, was just a badass and it was hard not to like him. Andy Serkis in a non-motion capture role as Klaue was amazing, he really needs to get more live action roles. Klaue is just a wacky, crazy arms dealer. Andy Serkis looked like he had an absolute blast playing Klaue, which made it a blast to watch him.
You’ve seen it in a million other reviews by now most likely but the women in Black Panther steal the show. Shuri (Letitia Wright) was my second favorite character next to Killmonger but we’ll get to him later. Shuri’s a genius, probably smarter than both Tony Stark and Peter Parker. Her character is so charming and funny. The relationship her and T’Challa have seems so authentic, she’s the only one that can make fun of him and get away with it. She also has some of the best lines in the whole movie, can’t wait to see more of her in the MCU. Danai Gurira played Okoye one of T’Challa’s bodyguards and she was an absolute badass. I’m certain she could go toe to toe with Black Widow. Those two are just the tip of the iceberg of great performances from women in Black Panther.
My favorite character in Black Panther without a doubt was Erik “Killmonger” Stevens. Michael B. Jordan is always good even in movies that are garbage (I’m looking at you Fan4stic). One of the biggest criticisms of the MCU is the villains, no villains held a torch to Loki, until now. Killmonger makes Loki look like a whiny, spoiled brat. It’s clear that Killmonger is not a good guy but I couldn’t stop sympathizing with him. He would do such an evil thing and then 5 minutes later I’d be rooting for him. His motives are 100% clear and you can see why he views T’Challa as the villain. Michael B. Jordan looks phenomenal in the role, his physique is on point, I just want lats like him and his hair looked great, loved the dreads. Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler go together like peanut butter and jelly. Killmonger is easily one of the best if not the best villain we’ve seen in the MCU. Thanos has got some serious competition.
This is an action movie. So how is the action? The fight scenes were wonderfully coordinated and one scene in particular was shot to look like one cut and who doesn’t love fight scenes like that.
The world building in this movie is done very well, without shoving it down your throat. Wakanda is home to technological marvels (no pun intended) and they’re just there for us to ogle there’s no over explanation or anything they are just there. We’ve seen quite a few different planets in the MCU but we’ve seen nothing like Wakanda before.
So yeah, I loved this movie, it was great but it’s not without its flaws. And it’s really only one flaw. The CGI gets a little wonky at bits, a couple bits looked like a video game. I can get passed that though considering how good the rest of the movie was.
Black Panther is an excellent addition to the MCU, something fresh and new. Being so close to the release of Avengers: Infinity War you’d think it would be overshadowed but it’s not. Black Panther stands solely on its own. Oh, yeah almost forgot the music was great in this too. Go see this one in theaters!
I still need to see Black Panther a few more times before I put it in my ranking of the MCU.
There’s post credit scenes, obviously, two of them.
I give Black Panther a 9.5 out of 10, would watch again, hopefully very soon.
“What are thoooooose?!?!”