Marvel’s Black Panther Review – A Kingly Super Hero for Our Era | AIB
Black Panther creates technical wonders with great style and manages to be part of a myth, something increasingly rare in current movies. Most of the major film productions offer a joyful experience that usually ends in the same story as always; these are plots that only seek to expand the franchise.
Its starting point is the fantastic nation of Wakanda, an African Eden that is also the legendary El Dorado where green landscapes meet the blue sky of science fiction. It is a land where spaceships-with landing strips similar to tribal masks-rise over majestic waterfalls as a story unfolds that goes way beyond what a franchise or brand dictates.
Black Panther is a film directed by Ryan Coogler which stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and Letitia Wright. The plot follows directly the events narrated in Captain America: Civil War, where he was introduced as superhero Black Panther.
T’Challa, the heir to the throne of Wakanda becomes king when his father dies in an attack at the United Nations in Vienna (one of the scenes of Captain America: Civil War ). The conflict in Black Panther, as shown by a useful flashback, begins in Oakland, California, when in a confrontation between the father and the uncle of T’Challa ends in death.
That death will bring severe problems to the kingdom of Wakanda in the future. These problems will come from the hand of Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan, decent), the cousin of T’Challa who has trained all his life to get his revenge and incidentally, the throne of Wakanda.
Without giving bigger spoilers, it is important to say that the story features Ulysses Klaue, a typical cartoonish villain played by Andy Serkis who is an arms dealer from the underworld, and accompanied by an armed horde that includes Erik Killmonger (played by Jordan). The evil of this band attracts the attention of the Black Panther and an international lawmaker, the friendly CIA agent played by Martin Freeman when they steal a small batch of vibranium, killing many locals in the attempt.
Although the entire cast has done a great job, it is the women who steal the applause, with a super intelligent but also witty Shuri. The princess, T’challa’s sister, comes alive with the contagious energy of actress Letitia Wright. Meanwhile, Danai Gurira captivates and thrills with the lethal and honorable Okoye warrior.
The film works best in the action sequences, which keep intermittently entertained young and old throughout the film. The plot’s intricacies with which the authors want to convince us that T’Challa deserves throne more than his cousin. In general, parts of the story is weak and have loose points that make it dull at times.
Dynamic, relevant, ambitious, and very rich audiovisual experience, which shows that Marvel Studios does not fall asleep in the complacency of its laurels and that it is more than willing to back voices of talented filmmakers like Ryan Coogler. Personally, Black Panther is hardly outside of Top 5 of this cinematographic universe, but it is undoubtedly one of the best, for its style, personality and a lot of claw.