Film Review - Black Panther Review (Spoiler Free)
Synopsis (from IMDB): T' Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed the throne and take his rightful place as king.
Let me just say this, the hype was met. In my opinion, it is in my top five Marvel movies. Honestly, this movie just made me proud as a geek/comic nerd. Wakanda was brought to life in such a way that made it feel alive and real. The characters and their different tribes all looked unique. A quick shoutout to the costume designer Ruth Carter, she did an amazing job. There is one scene, it's in the trailer so it's not a spoiler, where the right to challenge is taking place and you see the different tribes gathered together in there ceremonial garb. It is a truly beautiful scene and one of my favorites in the movie. The cast is superb in this movie. I have to give it to Michael B. Jordan, Leticia Wright, and Winston Duke as they were my absolute favorites. Michael B. Jordan is the best Marvel villain to date and you really understand his point of view and are very sympathetic to what he's trying to accomplish. Leticia Wright as Shuri is awesome. She has some of the best one-liners in the movie and I can't wait for her to meet Tony Stark. Winston Duke as M'Baku is great as well and has a few scene-stealing moments. Chadwick Boseman does a great job as T'Challa and seeing as how this movie takes place a week after the end of Civil War. The story does a great job of showing the burden that he carries and why it is difficult to be a king. As far as the action is concerned it is great. If you liked Creed then you will love how the fight scenes are shot in this movie. As Ryan Coogler brings back that long shot where the camera keeps moving around capturing the action. Did I mention how beautifully this movie is shot? There is a lot to like in this movie and I have to say that the hype was truly justified.
That being said I did have one real issue with the movie. At the end of the movie during the climactic fight sequence the CG was noticeable and at times it looked pretty bad. Honestly, it probably could have used another rendering pass. Other than that I didn't have any issues with the movie that I noticed.
This movie is rated PG-13 and is like most of the Marvel movies. It runs at a little over two hours and has two post-credit scenes. Now in my personal opinion, everyone should see this movie because this is black excellence at its finest.
You should know what I am going to give this, a FULL PRICE/BLURAY pickup rating. As a matter of fact, I plan on going back to the theater next week. This movie really made me proud as a black person and I think this movie will be the start of something truly special. So, have you seen Black Panther? What do you think of the movie? Let's talk about it in the comments and as always thanks for reading.
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