Marvel is at it again. After the amazing Thor: Ragnarok, the MCU is expanded with Black Panther. It’s a powerful and important film for more reasons than just one. First off, the most important reason of course, being that the film consists mainly of a black cast. Secondly, because it shows us more than ever that the world should unite. I’ve read some comments saying that you can’t write a bad review about the film, otherwise people will see you as a racist. This is entirely false. The reason Black Panther has such good reviews, is because it is an excellent film. I saw the film yesterday and had quite a few thoughts afterwards. So, does the film live up to the hype? (Spoiler: it does).
After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war
Black Panther is a film which is quite action-packed, yet at the same time manages to be excellent storytelling. Everything in the film makes sense and every character is driven by an obvious motivation. You might think that this is what all films do, but you’d be mistaken there. The main villain is also not bad because he is bad and wants to take over the world. He is bad because circumstances made him that way. More than anything, this is a film about choices and the consequences of those choices. It also shows that we are not somebody else’s choices, which resonated with me. Even the action scenes were not merely thrown in because action was needed. This film is a complete package, which made it highly entertaining to watch.
That said, credit goes to Michael B. Jordan for playing a villain with such swagger and humanity. While I wanted to hate him, I could not bring myself to it. In fact, sometimes I even started wondering if he didn’t have a point. If you can pull that off as a villain, you are doing something very right.
Who run the world? Girls!
While the entire cast is great, the girls steal the show. This film is filled to the brim with strong and powerful women, who are fearless in every way. They do not stand down when there is a fight. Neither do they cower when they have to face stronger enemies. Kudos to the director for giving these women the chance to shine. I also admire the fact that most of T’Challa’s guards and advisors are female. It is a far cry from most action films in which the woman is either the lover or the damsel in distress.
I particularly liked Shuri, a character I wrote about last week. She proved to be every inch the warrior and high-tech genius. She is the one responsible for T’Challa’s new suit and all the technology that makes Wakanda so amazing. Apart from that, she is funny and brave. In other words, a perfect role model for young girls to look up to.
Black Panther looks fantastic
So the film has a great story and amazing characters, but apart from that, it looks amazing as well. Especially the shots in Wakanda are fantastic, it truly looks like a paradise on Earth. I was also amazed by the scene in which T’Challa visits his anchestors. It looked so magical and dreamy that I wanted to keep looking at it. The technology in the film also almost felt real. Apart from the way the film looks, I also have to say the costumes were fantastic. The film is visually very pleasing.
Black Panther is a film that is pushing boundaries. Partly because of the cast, but it was about time that black people saw themselves represented on screen as the hero. Apart from that, the film has a great story, it looks great and it is inspiring. It reminds us that the world around us is changing, and we should not hide from it and turn our backs on those in need. We must not build barriers, but break down those walls. Black Panther does not merely live up to the hype, it exceeds it and you would be crazy to miss out on watching it.