Title – Black Panther
Genre – Fantasy, SF, Action, Adventure
Length – 134 minutes
First aired – January 29, 2018 (Dolby Theatre), February 16, 2018 (United States)
Director – Ryan Coogler
Producer – Kevin Feige
Writers – Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Based on – „Black Panther” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Language – English
Country – United States
I honestly feel that this is a great movie to get you into the Marvel world/fandom, depending on what you want. It’s really empowering and it will amaze you. What can I say, it’s Marvel, it didn’t disappoint. I have two really close friends who are obsessed with everything related to Marvel (sorry not sorry if you’re reading this), so I ended up going to the movies with them for Black Panther. I had no idea what it was going to be about. I did have some high expectations though. Firstly, because those two talk so much about Marvel and rarely complain and, secondly, I saw a few movies produced by this company and I can say I wasn’t let down.
In this movie we have another great Marvel hero. The Black Panther is, if you wish, a rightful “gift” to the King of Wakanda (so you don’t look dumb as I did, yes, Wakanda is someplace invented by Marvel for its hero). “The spirit of the Black Panther” helps the King protect Wakanda from whatever could possibly hurt its people. So now we have T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) being crowned as the ruler of this stunningly looking country. His sovereignty is under a question mark as he finds himself in front of someone long lost who seems to now be an enemy to his throne and not only.
What I adore most about this movie is that is shows loyalty, female power, the courage to do what’s right, even when you’re scared, to fight for what you believe in, stand up for yourself and for the people you care about. We see two different approaches on doing what’s right. You might see certain characters as villains, but when you get to actually think about it, they are not. Just the approach they had. . .wasn’t the best possible.
N’Jadaka (Erik) is so obsessed with helping his people outside Wakanda that he forgets he has to be careful while doing so. He thinks only his way is the answer and is willing to do anything to make it happen. Talk about perseverance! And stubbornness. And on the other side we have T’Challa, who still wants to help, but is so caught up in what he thinks he knows and in the elderly rules that he forgets what the Black Panther’s role is all about.
Let’s talk a bit about the females we have in this movies, because I have to say, here Marvel blessed us all. We have Shuri (played by Letitia Wright), the Princess, T’Challa’s sister. She is always by his side, strong, confident, funny and sarcastic in the most inappropriate moments, but I still love her for that. She isn’t afraid to call things by their name. She helps developing the technology of Wakanda and especially on the Black Panther’s suit. Brains and beauty. If we talk about loyalty, the first person that comes to mind is Okoye (played by Danai Gurira). She was willing to give everything up for Wakanda. And that impressed me. It wasn’t about the King, it was all about her country. When she felt something was off, she acted in such way to help Wakanda. Powerful and brave would be the best words to describe her. And Nakia (played by Lupita Nyong’o) was something else. She sacrificed her life as a royalty just to help women outside her country. Beauty and grace, but she could still break your neck. Ramonda (played by Angela Bassett), the Queen-Mother, radiates elegance, dignity and confidence. Knows when to step up and when to step down to protect her daughter.
As a few last things: the special effects were amazing, watch the movie in 3D if you have the possibility and the soundtrack was great! Featuring artists as Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid and Yugin Blakrok.
I would have liked less English in the movie and more of their native language. But, besides that, I absolutely loved the movie and so will you!