Black Panther Movie Review: Is the movie better than our expectations?


Since the inception of the concept of superhero movies, Marvels and DC both have failed to portray someone with a darker complexion as a superhero. Think about it; Superman, Batman, X-Men, Spiderman and even Wonder Woman, no one is dark-skinned. Well, the concept here is not that Marvels or DC are on the path of racism but that the world required a black superhero.

So, in order to do on-screen justice to the Wakanda tribe and off-screen justice to the black community Marvels came up with one of the most anticipated superhero franchise,"Black Panther". We all have seen the origin and bits of the Black Panther being played by Chadwick Boseman in some previous Marvel's movies. However, Black Panther: Long Live The King narrates the journey of T'Challa after the assassination of his father, King T'Chaka during a bombing at the Vienna International Centre. ("Captain America: Civil War")

Directed by Ryan Coogler, this movie begins in the mythological kingdom of the Wakanda tribe. Wakanda is the home to the world’s most technologically advanced city, protected by a ruler with special powers. Boseman playing the role of Prince T'Challa then becomes the latest Wakandan leader and hence, the Black Panther suit. There are a lot of upgrades made to the character of T'Challa/Black Panther. For starters, T'Challa's cat-suit receives a nice upgrade by his tech-savvy sister, Shuri.

T'Challa is humanized by the director  Coogler to such a degree that he feels less like a superhero and more as deeply conflicted world leader who has had to defend his title via brutal hand-to-hand bloodmatches. The twist in the story of T'Challa is that Wakanda owes its utopian status to a precious extraterrestrial resource called Vibranium that the rest of the world covets.

And then enters another major attraction of this movie, Michael B. Jordan who plays the role of an MIT-educated former black-ops soldier named Erik Killmonger who waltz into a museum and steals a misidentified Wakandan relic.  “Black Panther” may not have the most impressive action sequences or visual effects of any Marvel movie, but it boasts the best villains. As an arms dealer whose arm doubles as a Vibranium super-cannon, Klaue makes for a nasty henchman, while Killmonger keeps his cards up his sleeve until relatively late in the film but emerges as the most satisfying comic-book adversary since Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Both characters have a ruthless anarchic streak, although Killmonger has more than just wreaking chaos in mind. He’s motivated by a feeling of deep political injustice, plus a sense of vengeance, and he’s convinced that raiding the Wakanda’s stockpile of Vibranium could put genuine firepower in a worldwide black uprising.

All the actors have put in their full efforts for making the characters even more interesting and so is the story and direction. You will surely be surprised as no one expected Black Panther: Long Live The King to be such a good superhero movie. So, from our side we would like to rate this particular movie as 8/10.

By~Unik Dhandhi

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