Black Panther debuted Feb. 16 and might just be Marvel’s most political movie yet.
With only a few months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther tells the tale of T’Challa and teaches us that teenage nervousness never fades even when you’re a grown man in a bulletproof cat-suit.
First of all, no other Marvel movie can match the visual effects of Black Panther. It was almost like watching a moving art show pull the wool over viewers eyes in scenes that were obviously green-screened. Even its end credits animations might be the best out of all of Marvel movies. More than that, the live-action portrayal of Wakanda showed us a city with personality through its elegant regal district, thriving shopping district, and a downtown that gives Dubai a run for its money.
Wakanda itself gave us a refreshingly gorgeous merge of African architecture with a futuristic metropolis. It gives new meaning to the phrase “city in the mountains.”
Acting was nothing less than fantastic. Chadwick Boseman played T’Challa, an intelligent warrior with a regal exterior. Michael B. Jordan however, played Erik Killmonger, an intelligent warrior with a hood exterior. As these two made their on-film impressions, Black Panther became less of itself and more of the Prince and the Pauper gone wrong. Their opposing viewpoints seemed to resonate with that of civil rights leaders, T’Challa being Martin Luther King Jr. and Killmonger being Malcolm X. The battle between ideas made the movie more interesting and also made up for the fact that the movie’s fight scenes were on-par rather than thrilling.
This leads to another point: the action sequences. While not as great as the fight choreography of Daredevil or Captain America, Black Panther’s manage to still be stimulating. At one point, Danai Gurira’s Okoye says “guns are so primitive,” and that couldn’t be more true. Black Panther brought spears, swords, shield and clubs back into style making me wish I could go to Texas so I can wield a sword in public.
Lastly, this movie is a major success for diversity. When the Wakandans cheered and chanted their king’s name, it felt like they were cheering for the culture.
Furthermore, the ending of the movie coupled with Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s All the Stars left a feeling much different than the average Marvel movie. Instead of simply feeling inspired to be a superhero and save the world alone, I feel inspired as a single person to work together with others to save the world. I felt like I didn’t have to be alone anymore.
Written by Bryce Ethridge, News Editor. Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan.
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