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By Vaidik Trivedi
Finally, the long awaited “Black Panther” has arrived. It has been nearly two years since Black Panther made an appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.” Since then Marvel fans have been eagerly waited for this superhero to have his own movie.
The core concept of the movie is that there is a secretive African country, Wakanda, with advanced technology, affluent people and god-like warriors, which makes for a refreshing new superhero story. This raises a question in the viewers’ minds that if Wakanda was so futuristic and able, where was it when all the black people suffered in the course of history everywhere on earth. What makes the movies different from other superhero movies is that it tackles such questions head on and give a valid reasoning for them.
Wakanda, the magical and mystical country was established by five warring tribes in Africa who were united under one king, Black Panther. The country is empowered by a metal called Vibranuim, which came to earth as an asteroid. As the civilization of Wakanda, grew more advanced, the country grew more secluded and isolated. The King of Wakanda thought it better to keep their progress hidden from the outside world, and also provides strong reasoning for it in the movie– which I cannot disclose because that is a spoiler.
T’Challa, the current Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman, can be perceived as a selfish ruler who wants to keep technological advancements and wealth to himself, whereas he actually just wants to preserve Wakanda in its untouched natural beauty. Problems arise when Killmonger (Micheal B Jordan) claims the thrown by defeating T’Challa in a battle for the throne. Killmonger is one of the best villains in the Marvel universe and has a really strong back story which totally justifies his actions.
T’Challa, after a close brush with death, recovers from his wounds given to him by the charismatic villain and claims his throne back in a very dramatic fight. This experience influences his decision regarding his countries global involvement. I wouldn’t say any more on the topic because then we would have to venture into the spoiler territory.
The cast of the movie was perfect. Chadwick Boseman once again made his mark as the Black Panther in the viewers’ mind after appearing in “Captain America: Civil War.” Micheal B Jordan as Killmonger is phenomenal. His acting portrays him as incredibly dangerous, sassy yet sympathetic. You may even feel that he was right all along by the end of the movie. “Black Mirror“ star, Letitia Wright, steals some scenes and outshines Boseman as Black Panther. Forrest Whitaker, “Get Out“ star Daniel Kaluuya and Angela Bassett have also done flawless acting, and to add the cherry to the cake, Gollum and Bilbo, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman respectively outdid themselves.
The movie had amazing animation as all Marvel movies do, but what was different was the album for this movie. The songs went along with the story line and were very relevant to the scenes. The album comprises of some of the best music artists of this century, like SZA, James Blake, Travis Scott, Future, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar of course. The theme song of the movie, ‘Pray for me,’ truly describes the theme and was beautifully placed in the movie.
Like every movie, Black Panther has its own unique flaws. Despite being one of the best Marvel movies, Black Panther was quite dramatic and unnecessarily long. Also, Martin Freeman’s character Everett K. Ross at times seemed an unnecessary character in the movie. The action sequences were nice but not to the Marvel Universe standards.
So now to address the final question, should you see this movie? The answer is a definitive yes. Black Panther is one of the best superhero movies out there which has all the humor, action, animations, graphics, passion and the fun that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has developed over years. It has been a good foundation for marketing of Marvel’s upcoming movie “The Avengers” “Infinity War I.” In my opinion, Black Panther lived up to the hype created by their marketing and Marvel fans.