Black Panther: Review
It is only just the first weekend of the movie’s release but it is already smashing box office records. Marvel’s Black Panther has been one of the most anticipated movie of this year. People were waiting to watch the movie since the concept was released. With the current political state of America, a movie about a black superhero had many hopes and controversies attached. The movie deals with all the issues of comic and real-life situations beautifully. For anyone who has not seen it yet, if you do not want to be spoiled then come back and read after you have seen the movie.
The movie has amazing costumes, action sequences, one-liners that Marvel is famous for, but the core of the story line is very humane. At first it deals with T’Challa’s pain over losing his father as well as how he does not feel like he’s ready to be a King and rule his kingdom. While T’Challa is dealing with the responsibilities and duties of being a king, the notorious arms dealer Ulysses Klaw is busy illegally trading vibranium. Vibranium is the strongest metalin Marvel universe which is found only in Wakanda and something the Wakandan people have been coveting for thousands of years. They fear how they world will try to conquer Wakanda and take it. The whole kingdom runs on vibranium and uses it for all their scientific research.
The story then moves on to the complex character of Eric Killmonger and his story is revealed in parts throughout the movie. He turns out to be T’Challa’s cousin that nobody tried to save after King T’Chaka killed his father. Hardened by a cruel world, Killmonger is driven by rage to seek revenge on T’Challa and take his throne. He wants to weaponize vibranium and use Wakanda’s advanced technology to start a race war for the wrongs he believes the world has done to him. His idea is to colonize the colonizers and it shows one of the the negative sides of this historical civil unrest that has been going on for years. He is defeated in the end by Black Panther, but that does not mean that he did not inspire the King to bring about change.
The movie is also riddled with amazing performances and characters of women that show Marvel was lacking a slew of story lines that could have been made better by women. Nakia, General Okoye, Shuri and Ramonda are just some of the women that prove “superhero” is not just a genre for men. The movie has heart, deals with family issues and the racial political unrest currently prevalent in US. It provides a fair, different yet important view on topics that most people shy away from while making movies. This is a Marvel movie that has completely changed the game and dynamics of comic book movies.
These are not just movies with mindless violence, over-dramatic story lines, and an otherworldly point of view anymore. Black Panther shows that superhero movies can also tackle relatable topics and make a comment on real life issues while still keeping a fictional quality to them. With the way the movie was made in such a wonderful manner, including acting, cinematography, background score and soundtrack, Black Panther has raised the bar very high for all the comic book movies to come next. This shows that we can now expect to not only be entertained but also moved by superhero movies in the theater.