Black Panther is the long awaited Marvel release starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, and Danai Gurira as Okoye. This film truly hit it out of the park with a great cast, fun action scenes, and great comedy. Boseman is impossible to dislike as he gives a wonderful portrayal of a man becoming king and protector of his country in a changing world. The villain, Killmonger, while obviously being a villain, had motivation–motivation as well as logic. This was refreshing to see from a Marvel movie–as of late, their villains have been lacking. Another major score for Black Panther is that it does not feel like one giant trailer. Recent Marvel films have sadly fallen into this formula; it feels as though they cannot stand alone. This is not the case with Black Panther at all.
It was so refreshing to see a film so rich with culture and vibrant with beautiful cinematography. Though the film is set in the fictional country of Wakanda in Africa, the culture, costume/hair design, and even language are drew heavy inspiration from real life African tribes and cultures. It was a beautiful and inspiring piece of art.
However, this is not a perfect movie. When a film is so highly anticipated, it seems almost wrong to say anything against it. But there are a few scenes in which the CGI is very apparent. Coming from a movie with such a large budget, seeing cheesy CG or almost unfinished elements can be disappointing, but these scenes are nowhere near enough to ruin the movie.
Black Panther did not disappoint audiences. Scoring $201.8 million in just three days, it has secured its place as the fifth highest grossing film in America (opening weekend) and the second highest grossing Marvel film, with the first being The Avengers (2012). It deserves a solid A-.
Written By: Hannah Baird
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