Black Panther: Movie Review

Black Panther

After months of waiting, we can finally relay to you that Black Panther, is in fact, one of Marvel’s greatest triumphs in terms of casting, motive and culture. There was one thing everyone wanted more of in Civil War. It wasn’t more Tony Stark angst. It wasn’t more fights at poorly CG’d airports. It was this dude dressed in black spandex with claws.

Well, our prayers have been answered by possibly one of the best Marvel movies to date.

We begin in the 90s, where the previous king of Wakanda uncovers a plot from his brother, to expose their secrets to the world. T’Chaka, T’Challa’s father, kills his own brother to protect the country. But they leave behind a loose end…

We then fast forward to a week after the events of Civil War, with T’Challa returning to Wakanda, a fictional African country, where they have harnessed the power of the worlds strongest metal, Vibranium. It is revealed that Wakanda is decades ahead of the rest of the world in terms of technology, due to a meteorite of Vibranium landing in the country thousands of years ago.

T’Challa’s sister is arguably one of the best characters in this whole movie. She works to improve his suits and arsenal.

We are then introduced to our essential characters, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira), with some others sprinkled throughout.

T’Challa is crowned king, and the new Black Panther, after the death of his father, but something else is stirring.

Klaw, the arms dealer from Age of Ultron makes a return, dealing with a guy named Killmonger. Now, remember that loose end? This is that. Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) seeks revenge on T’Challa, for the death of his father. He challenges the new king and wins, becoming a Panther himself.

Honestly, it’s the best Marvel villain so far. He has motive, charisma and is genuinely scary. His idea matches his father, to share the wealth and weapons of Wakanda to liberate the oppressed of the world.

Despite some shaky CGI occasionally, it’s a fantastic movie that you need to see. The blending of different black cultures from strong African themed clothing to the superb soundtrack by Kendrick Lamar is wonderful.

Black Panther is without a doubt the easiest 5 stars I’ve ever given.