Monday, February 19, 2018

My Black Panther review

My Black Panther review 


Intro: I must be in the Twilight Zone that's the only explanation to why people are praising this movie. I'm sorry I'm getting ahead of myself. This was one of my most anticipated movies of this year. That's saying a lot considering that this character didn't make the best impression on me in Civil War. It's refreshing to see a Black lead that isn't a criminal, fruity, a token Black character, stupid and spineless with women. Not only is Black Panther a superhero he's a King, I haven't seen a Black man as a King in cinema since Coming to American.  

I know we had Black Superhero movies before, however they feel more like comedies then action/adventure films. ( With the exception of Blade.) Also does anyone find those films memorable? 

I was surprised that a lot of people want to see this movie. ( Do I really have to explain why?) However it's disappointed that a bunch of them didn't dress up as the character or have any of the merchandise at the theater where I saw the movie. Enough of that let's get into what I think of the movie.     

Black Panther: This movie takes place literally a week after Civil War T'Challa/Black Panther has to adjust to his life as the King of Wakanda. Meanwhile there are outsiders that wants Wakanada's resources or the throne, so T'Challa has to stop them before things get out of hand.    
This is one of those movies that I don't think it lived up to the hype, don't get me wrong I enjoyed this movie however it didn't break any new grounds in the superhero genre like The Dark Knight and Winter Solider

The same thing goes for the should someone in a position of power help those in there time of need message, I don't think that's a bad massage however it could have work if more people in the movie was vocal about this issue. I like that this movie isn't plagued by too much set up and comedy like the other MCU films.      

I don't have much to say about T'Challa/Black Panther, he seems like a stand up guy that wants to do right by his people. Also he might remind the audiences of someone that the general public don't like, I'm not going to say the person's name because I don't want to scare anyone away from watching this movie. he's unsure that his ready to be King despite the fact that he earn that right. My beef with this character is that he contradicted himself about how he want to run Wakanada and how he react to what he learned about his father.     

There isn't a lot to say about the other supporting characters. 

Shuri (T'Challa's sister) is the brains of Wakanda, she build the technology for Wakanada. It's hard for me to believe that she's smart enough to build new tech with no assistants. 

Ramonda ( T'Challa mother) is just in the movie tell her son how proud she is of him. 

Nakia ( T'challa's love interest) is in the movie for T'Challa to have a shoulder to cry on. Seriously? What the point of her being in the movie if they're not going to get in on, I mean promote Black Love?  

Okoye is T'Challa's bodyguard and a General of one of the Wakanada Armys. I'm stunned that she has a Husband I'm not just saying that because she can be scary it's because I though men being turned off by women with short or no hair was universal.      
I can see why people think Erik Killmonger is a good villain because it hard to see him as a villain. He reminds me of Magneto from X-Men. I wish he had his own identity in the movie, you'll see what I mean when you watch this movie. he would have been sympathetic if he didn't carry himself in a demanding demeanor, also if we had more context to how he got from point A to point B.     

one of my many grievances with this movie is that it lacks focus on T'Challa as King, this issue might have been fixed if we didn't have the subplot of him hunting a man that wrong him and his people years ago. There are plot holes around the customs of Wakanada and how certain characters know things. The feminist vides at the end of this movie bugs me. The Hero and Villain dynamic feels rushed. I wish this film would at least setup Infinity Wars, since that movie is coming out soon and so far there has been no set up for it. 

Overall this is a solid film it could have been a lot better if it was split into two movies. I hope we get more movies like this. 

Rating = Average         

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