The first time we meet T’Challa, it’s during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Now we are given our first cinematic experience of Wakanda and all its lore, culture and citizenship.
If you’ve been reading my reviews (and I appreciate it), you’ve become accustomed to my review format. This time however, I want to forgo my usual style and just write my feelings because it’s the only way I’ll properly get out what I’m thinking.
Black Panther is amazing.
Yes. That’s the short of it. Why? Why did I find this amazing? I found it amazing due to being a perfect storm of characters, culture, sociopolitical themes, acting and action. Ryan Coogler ups his ante as a director from the already fantastic Creed. Here he brings Wakanda to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and just may have crafted its best installment.
The film is a tapestry and I’m not just talking about the beautiful costumes designed for it. In his first solo outing T’Challa confronts an enemy who may not be wrong in his motivations. He also faces his nation’s past, present and future. Such a burden for a new king.
This conflict however is not just played out in the plot, it’s brought to life within the characters of the story. Prior to release we’ve seen these epic character posters:
Every single tagline for each of the characters is accurate. And they come to fruition during the film. The story of an isolationist country facing what role it should take in the days to come is layered and textured. Everyone has their own motivations that want the best, but maybe they aren’t what is best. T’Challa, Nakia, Shuri, Okoye, W’Kabi (who of all characters I really seemed to vibe with his dilemma), M’Baku, and Erik all have a vision for Wakanda that may be right, but might not be. I found this to be quite relatable to the world today.
Black Panther is a statement on culture, history and responsibilities. One that needs to be seen. I loved this film. For anyone who thinks superhero films don’t handle these type of themes, this is why we need these films to show these type of themes.
And even though I haven’t formally reviewed it, here’s my rating.
Final Rating: 4/4
Oh, and here’s a picture of Shuri being awesome because she is.