Director: Ryan Coogler
Writer/s: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Starring: Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta, and more.
“The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T’Challa.”
Listen, the single stream tear was real, y’all. That opening with that special opening credits crawl pay respects to Boseman stuck the dagger in my heart. From there on, this movie is a large homage to who he was and what he meant to this cast. They replicate his true battle with cancer to an unknown sickness that T’Challa was facing, then the rest is history. How does Wakanda move forward without their king? How do the other nations respond to a Wakanda without their fearless leader protecting their resources? These are just a few themes that are layered into “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and for me? It all is largely done so well.
Out of the many things the “Black Panther” franchise does right, the one constant that I have grown to appreciate is the performances. This franchise contains some the most impressive acting performances from the cast at large, moreso than practically every other MCU movie. From the late Boseman, to the likes of Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, and now the new comers, like Tenoch Huerta and Dominique Thorne. Everyone brings such class and finesse to the film that it is impossible for me to not be impressed.
While Killmonger remains to be a heavily divisive villain for many, I sit on the side of absolutely loving Michael B. Jordan’s performance in the first film. The trend of incredible villians continue with Tenoch Huerta playing the infamous Namor. Namor is a downright cold and ruthless villain/anti-hero in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” While his methods may be questionable, his motive is clear; protect his people. While being cold as ice and a straight up killer, he was also diplomatic and suspiciously charming. To top all of that off, he felt like he fit in this film unlike the mismatch of the vicious Gorr the God Butcher to “Thor Love and Thunder.” I truly hope we see Namor sooner rather than later.
The stakes were high, our new Black Panther has been crowned, and the future make-up of this corner of the MCU is now reset and ready to roll. While this is damn close to being as good as the first for me, that one holds a dear place in my heart. However, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” feels like its own special piece of work as a near three hour tribute to Chadwick Boseman. I was worried and scared that something special wouldn’t come from this, but those worries are all gone now. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” holds up among the best.
Edited by Abby McNatt
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