Black Panther | Movie Review

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Good morning ladies and gents, I thoroughly hope your week is going smoothly and all is well. Today we will be bringing you our review of  the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther. The most anticipated and quite frankly overrated movie I have ever seen. But let’s not waste anytime, let’s jump right into it.

Plot|

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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.

Cast|

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Chadwick Boseman leads the line as the figure-head himself, Black Panther. He is the soon-to-be King of Wakanda and must come to terms with his birth-right, similar to the Lion King which is another Disney property. Next up we have Michael B. Jordan, who plays the best character in the whole movie, joins as Erik Killmonger. He is the main protagonist of the movie and who has a goal of sharing the Wakandan technology with those around to world to uplift the “people”. Lupita Nyong’o plays Nakia, the love interest for the Black Panther. Her goal is to help the surrounding African nations and share some of the health benefits Wakanda has. Danai Gurira plays Okoye, the royal bodyguard. She, in my opinion, is the best fighter in the whole movie. Hands down a killer female lead and I must say has a clean-shaved head.

The legend herself Angela Bassett plays Queen Ramonda, the mother of the Black Panther. Her role in the film is minor, but when she acts you feel the class and years of experience. Andy Serkis bring the comedy as Klaw, the secondary villain in the movie. His goal is to be the middle man in the distribution of Vibranium across the globe to whoever can afford it. Martin Freeman plays Everett, an offical on the case to capture Klaw. He becomes a valid aid to Black Panther and a symbol of a disgusting message that I will get to in the end. Finally bringing up the rear is Letitia Wright who plays Shuri. She is the tech expert in the film and an overall funny character.

Set-pieces|

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The first set-piece takes us to Oakland where we are introduced to the old Black Panther reuniting with his brother who has been dealing Vibranium in the States. The King kills his brother for his treason and leaves with the remaining amount of Vibranium. As a result of this a young Erik sees the body of his father and swears to take over Wakanda when the time is right. The second set-piece takes place in Africa where Black Panther is helping save a group of kidnapped children, who may be enroute to become child soldiers. Black Panther fights off the hostiles and is coincidentally reunited with his ex Nakia. This encounter shows the human side to Black Panther as having a life outside his royal and super-hero duties.

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The third set-piece takes us to England where Erik and Klaw are raiding museums for Vibranium. Erik poisons the tour guide and steals a ritual mask because it has a ton of swag. Meanwhile T’Challa engages in ritual combat for the throne of Wakanda. He manages to win and retain his kinship over his people. The fourth set-piece takes place when T’Challa is informed of Klaw’s location and decides to go out to capture him. He, Nakia and Okoye venture to South Korea to his location and manage to subdue him. Black Panther would have ended him right there and then, but he wanted to serve justice to him. The group bump into Everett and allows him to question Klaw on his plans. Things shift again as Erik frees him and make a grand escape, bringing the group’s mission as a failure. Set-piece five sees Erik betraying Klaw and killing him at an Airport. The goal is to bring him back to Wakanda to show he is more capable than the King himself. Erik makes his way to Wakanda and challenges T’Challa for the throne after revealing who he truly is on the family tree. T’Challa accepts and prepares for the fight.

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The sixth set-piece sees Erik toying with T’Challa and showing his dominance over him. He fatally wounds T’Challa and tosses him over the cliff, officially making him the new King. T’Challa’s mother, ex, and sister manage to escape with a plan of making a rival King the new Black Panther. Nakia manages to take on of the ritual flowers out of the garden before Erik burns it down. The seventh set-piece sees T’Challa coming back to life with the help of the flow and embarks on recapturing his Kingdom. Black Panther reveals himself to Erik and the two engage in combat with the armies that serves them both fighting amongst themselves. T’Challa manages to stab Erik, bringing an end to his reign and hatred. Dying as a hero for himself and his father. The final set-piece sees Nakia and T’Challa getting back together, with a soon to be King and Queen dynamic. T’Challa decides to share the Wakandan technology with the world and revealing the true Wakanda to the world.

Conclusion & Rating|

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This movie was enjoyable to watch and was an experience to say the least. Before the movie was out there was a shift or ton of arrogance being pushed by the media and social media of a “Black Is Best” kind of thing. Now I may be reading too much into some subtle things, but when you tell a whole race of people not to criticize or have opinions on a MOVIE I find that as extremely eye-opening. The reverse racism towards White, but specifically white men I find disrespectful. Nothing towards white women because “Insert Opinion Here”, but when I watched this movie and saw the scene when they are making sounds towards Everett as to say “White Man No Speak” was disgusting. I saw this coming for years outside of this movie with a shift of reverse racism, with messages knocking white people and I can’t support that. The implication of this film as a pro-black movement needs to be shelved in the category of shifting from the dark ages and not follow stupidity of the past. If you want to isolate yourselves and benefit on certain aspect of white culture, meaning idealizing their women as the holy grail, then you can continue with your arrogance and stupidity.

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Back to the movie, the movie was no different from any other Marvel film. Explosions, bright lights and jokes inserted to make the film mesh with the rest. It’s a good adaptation of an iconic character, but I saw Lion King as a child and this is just that but mixed with the Marvel formula. I give this movie a 3.5 out of 5. Like I said it was a good movie, but the messages that is within and the fact it’s no different to the other movies makes me feel like Marvel can’t come out of this box they are in. Sure they revolutionized the Universe thematic for films, but all their movies are the same. And to those of you who may come at me stating that I am bitter, or hate black “culture”, or so on I need you to understand this, I know who I am. I am a proud black man, Jamaican man, I am a descendent of the Arawak people who lived in the Caribbean, and I love all people. But the message this movie portrays, maybe in subtle ways, I found disgusting.

Ladies and gents thank you so much for checking out our review of Black Panther, please stay tuned for more awesome content, follow us as that helps us grow, and please have an awesome week. Take it easy!

 

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