Director: Ryan Coogler
Writer/s: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole (written by), Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel Comics by)
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letita Wright, and more.
From the early announcement of “Black Panther” becoming an installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, my excitement was through the roof. Black Panther was a runaway hit and my favorite character in Civil War. Now with the film officially available to the masses and already breaking box office records, I got my eyes on the film as early as I could and it is time to see if “Black Panther” lived up to my own personal hype.
“T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.”
For me, “Black Panther” was a masterfully crafted film in many different aspects. From the visuals, to the writing, to the directing, to the performances, simply from top to bottom. Much to the credit of Ryan Coogler, this film was an absolute entertaining joyride.
First and foremost, the story presented in “Black Panther” was immaculate. Often, a Marvel film follows a standard formula where the consequences and conflict of the film feel lackluster and unimportant. The conflict would typically be brushed over and solved within an instant or even one solid punch. However, in “Black Panther”, once the climax of the film reaches its high point, personally I found myself shocked and eager to see it resolved. An applause worthy product from the pen-hand of Mr. Coogler.
The performances from this absolute stellar cast was out of this world. I knew I liked Chadwick Boseman before with his supporting performances in previous Marvel films but this film sealed the deal with me on my stance with Boseman’s Black Panther. Boseman’s supporting cast is no group to underestimate eitherl. Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, and so many more. This entire cast was a marvel to behold.
Among this group, my absolute favorite among the supporting roles was T’Challa’s (Boseman) sister Shuri played by Letitia Wright. Young Wright was a delight to watch with every scene. Hilarious, elegant, and even powerful at times. She is a star on the rise.
Lastly among the performances, in the early phases of Marvel, the biggest gripes many have had was that the villains have not felt effective. As of late, Marvel has done incredibly well in this category. Casting Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger was the way to continue this trend with no doubt. Michael B. Jordan has done nothing but impress the masses with his late films (….besides Fan4stic, but no one remembers that movie anyway). The character of Erik Killmonger was such a deep and intricate character, I felt myself pulling for and against him in different times of the film. A phenomenal job in terms of character and performance.
“Black Panther” felt like a new experience. Despite 3 phases, this film felt like nothing I have seen in all the phases. It was fresh, it was diverse, it was masterfully created and I loved every breathing moment of this film. I barely had any criticisms for the film besides one or two actions or reactions to events. This film is going to open up a lot of opportunities in not only the Marvel Cinematic Universe but Hollywood as a whole. All hail T’Challa!