*I have no knowledge of either the narrative and characters in the Black Panther comic book, so this review is strictly based on the movie.
Comic books, especially the ones based around superheroes have become our modern-day fairy tales. There are heroes, villains, difficult journeys and life lessons that leave a lasting imprint long after we have read the final page.
Black Panther hit theaters this weekend.
The film starts off where Captain America: Civil War has ended. T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), is stepping into the role of King of Wakanda, a fictional country in Africa, after loosing his father. He is supported by his ex/best friend, Nakia, (Lupita Nyong’o), his younger sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), the Q to his James Bond, his widowed mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and his general, Okoye (Danai Gurira), who is the head of Wakanda’s Amazon-esque army.
When Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) threaten T’Challa/Black Panther and his kingdom, our hero must fight for his thrown and his country.
I loved this movie. I loved this movie. It has heart, it has humor, it has action, it has bad ass female characters and most importantly, character and actors of color who are proudly representing their heritage.
This movie is worth every word of praise and every dollar that has been spent to see it.
Black Panther is presently in theaters.
Movie sequels, especially superhero movie sequels are a questionable topic. The film has to appeal to the general audience, while staying true to the narrative from the source material and the previous films.
Earlier this month, Captain America: Civil War hit theaters.
The film starts off with The Avengers trying to prevent a terrorist attack in Lagos, Nigeria, While their mission is successful, the destruction that comes with such a mission is not unnoticed.
The UN, via Secretary Of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) presents our heroes with a choice. Sign a document that would allow them to continue with their work, but with supervision, or not sign and potentially be outside of the law. The line in the sand in drawn when Captain America (Captain America) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) lead the side that is against the document while Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are all for signing the document.
The disagreement becomes tenuous when Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is found to still be alive and accused of murder. This murder hits close to home and has the potential to destroy The Avengers in a way that nothing else can.
I expect these kind of films to contain action scenes. It’s part and parcel of the genre. The problem is when the narrative is overtaken by action scenes. For my perspective, the narrative was there, but I wish the fight scenes could have been reduced (or left to the extras section of the DVD) and more of the overall narrative could have been present on-screen.
Do I recommend it? Well, it leads to the next film, but the plot is starting to become a little thin for me.
To answer your question, it’s a maybe for me, but someone else may disagree.
Captain America: Civil War is presently in theaters.