DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler
You sit in the theatre and wait for the film that has been hyped as a breakthrough for superhero films under Marvel Universe’s banner.
The film begins in 1992 on a basketball court in California as we see stunning visual imagery of illuminating lights drift into the night sky.
The country where that light comes from and has you in wonder is Wakanda. An African nation that is rich in technology, has order and wealth from vibranium. Wakanda wears a mask to the world. The rich country disguises itself as a third world country to the globe. What unfolds in front of your film viewing eyes is a regal world where you observe how Wakanda’s political system operates, view the action of a young son stepping into his own as King of his country.
Amongst the cast you have the A- listers like Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett drawing you into the regal world of the African nation. You have Andy Serkis in a supporting role as catalyst villain to set up the second and third act that you can see coming. Martin Freeman plays a convincing American but is underused in the film and the plot doesn’t allow him to have more lines. He is passed off as white-guy sidekick in a few scenes.
Surprisingly the two main leads Chadwick Boseman as The Black Panther gives a certain amount of pathos and emotion to their character and Michael B Jordan as Killmonger shows you how to be a grumbling villain that needs revenge for all that has been done to him.
The action scenes have been chosen well as you see Black Panther jump onto vehicles, accept one on one challenges, and zoom across the screen like a big panther. Though at times I wanted to enjoy the action scenes more and it felt like the action went too fast or sped up too fast.
The main plot and theme did dig into ” I want to please my father” zone and at times suffered because the daddy issue theme was oveused to bring choice ultimatums to characters.
Overall it was a great popcorn flick, the cinema I went to enjoyed it and the film gave you everything you want in a Marvel superhero film. Groundbreaking maybe pushing it, but I’ll give it credit to this point – It was a film that wanted to make a statement on how to view superhero movies and it did that.
It gives you action, the origin story, small pathos, humour, a Stan Lee cameo, a post credit scene and a few one liners to quote in your workplace.
Chadwick Boseman as The Black Panther
Michael B Jordan as Killmonger
Angela Bassett as Ramonda
Andy Serkis as Klaue
Martin Freeman as Everett