Sunday, 25 March 2018

Marvel's 'Black Panther' Film Review

First introduced in 'Captain America: Civil War', the Black Panther solo film made its ways onto our screens and received both critical and commercial success.

After the events of Civil War, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda to ascend the throne and embody the Black Panther in order to protect his kingdom. But when T'Challa's kingship is challenged by an outsider, wronged by mistakes his father had covered up, he must fight to defend his people and decide what kind of king he would become.

Whilst this film's success could arguably be attributed only to its strong promotion of diversity, this is not the case. 'Black Panther' brings to the table a  world rooted in tradition and culture, yet advanced by technological aesthetic, a realm of both imagination and reality. In this way, Wakanda is quite different to the set of any other Marvel movie that has come before.

Within the hidden world of Wakanda, T'Challa torn between following tradition, respecting ancestry and setting a new path for the future. His relationships with the people around him influences him as he faces important questions and the film tackles themes that are poignant to the issues we face today.

Despite dealing with some rather deep themes such as social equality, the film itself is visually spectacular, and maintains a light tone when appropriate, cracking laughs every now and again. 

The film follows a relatively linear plot but finished with a grandiosity and ambition, paving the way for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Chadwick Boseman- T'Challa/Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o- Nakia
Andy Serkis - Ulysses
Michael B. Jordan- Erik Killmonger

Also stars Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett. 

~~~OVERALL 8/10~~~
Being Marvel's 18th film in the cinematic universe, 'Black Panther' not only manages to raise the bar for diversity, but proves there is still some juice left in the Superhero movie engine, with an inventive setting, deep and relevant themes; and a thrilling plot.

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