Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther
Director: Ryan Coogler
Writer: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Based on: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby‘s comic character
Part of: Marvel movies
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Isaach De Bankolé, Stan Lee
Seen on: 16.2.2018

After the death of his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has to return to Wakanda to claim the throne. Returning means reuniting with his friends and family. But the transition of power is a delicate time. And there is more than one threat to Wakanda and T’Challa’s rule.

I didn’t hear a single bad word about Black Panther before I saw it, so my expectations were pretty high. And I’m happy to say that they were absolutely more than fulfilled. Black Panther is a visually, narratively and politically strong film that’s also simply entertaining.

Black Panther is peopled with great characters (played by a fantastic cast) and I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite among them (disclaimer: it is definitely not the two white dudes). Every single one of them, whether “good guy” or “bad guy” (that line gets very blurry anyway), is a textbook case of a compelling character with a special shout-out to Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) who is not only an awesome villain, but also gets to make some incredibly good points.

The film just doesn’t forget (as many other superhero movies) that superheroes are very political – and so amidst the (excellent) action scenes, there are hard issues being discussed in the film; colonialism and its repercussions, even generations later, foremost among them. But it also gives us the flipside of the damage done to Africa with slavery: the vibrant African cultures that stayed alive despite it all. Black Panther is a beautiful celebration of that as well.

That would already be more than enough to make for a great film but Black Panther still gives us more. It has a great sense of humor (Letitia Wright is an absolute beacon of light), it looks stunning and really brings the story to life.

There is only one thing i would criticize about the film and that is that the 3D isn’t all that great. So, my advice would be to catch it in 2D and enjoy the best Marvel movie to date (well, best together with Thor: Ragnarok).

Summarizing: Impressive.


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