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Movie Reviews from an avid movie-goer

Black Panther Non – Spoiler Review

This movie is the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and you can find my reviews of all of the MCU films at this link here.

This movie is critically acclaimed as the top rated MCU movie to date, and while I agree with a lot of the current reviews out there right now about this movie, I do not believe that it deserves to be the highest rated of them all. This is a movie that is very tricky to write a review on in today’s day and age. In a world where everyone is offended by everything, backlash can be very swift and decisive. It’s very difficult for me to even write this down, because I am a Caucasian or White male, whatever it is you want to call me, and almost everything that I write about this movie can be overly criticized.

Personally, I believe that the reason why people are not talking about certain problems with the movie is because they might be afraid to be called racist. With all of the Social Justice Warriors, Antifa, White Supremacists (Neo Nazis), Black Lives Matter people ready to pounce on anything that doesn’t fit with their beliefs is something that is very real in today’s society. I posted on my personal Facebook page as well as the Facebook page for this blog stating that this is not the best Marvel movie, nor is it the worst, and I truly believe that. I don’t want this review to be about Black people (or African American) against White people (Caucasians), this is a movie review that is about the movie itself, however, I felt the need to write this prior to the review itself to make sure that people who actually read the review realise that it’s the movie that I’m talking about, and not trying to entice hatred or offence towards anyone.

Black Panther Trailer – Source: Marvel Studios

Release Date: February 16, 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Follow T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”

Cast Includes: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, Denzel Whitaker, Ashton Tyler and Stan Lee.
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Written by: Joe Robert Cole, Ryan Coogler

Now onto the actual review of the movie review itself!

I enjoyed this movie, and I think that any fan of the MCU will love this movie as well. Black Panther is one of the few characters that I don’t actually know a lot about, so I can’t really talk about the comparison to the comics as much as some other people might be able to. I think the action and the cinematography were really well done, however, I have to recommend to people not to see this movie in 3D (I saw it in UltraAvx 3D) as I feel that there were a lot of moments where the aforementioned action sequences and beautiful scenery were blurry, and out of focus.

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Black Panther – Source: Marvel Studios

The actors all did magnificent jobs in this film, and I’m really glad that the casting at Marvel has continued to be top notch with the choices in talent. I really enjoyed the character development that each character got, as well as building on the foundation that they had built with the characters from Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.

The music in this film is being raved as amazing, and while I enjoyed the soundtrack overall, I also feel that the soundtrack of the film was a lot of hit and miss. As previously mentioned, the cinematography was gorgeous for most of the movie, and the visual and special effects of this movie was top notch. The way that they changed the Black Panther suit in this movie was nothing short of amazing (not a spoiler, it’s in the trailer).

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Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross – Source: Marvel Studios

Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther is nothing short of amazing in this film and role. It’s very difficult to try and find anything wrong with any of the acting in this movie, particularly the lead role. I feel like he is getting more and more comfortable in this role, and I can’t wait to see what will happen in future films with the character.

Michael B. Jordan is a great actor, and for him to get to be in another superhero movie after the monstrosity that was the Fant4stic movie was really great to see. I enjoyed his portrayal of Killmonger and playing the ‘bad guy’ in the movie. I can’t wait to see what else this actor can do in his future films.

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Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther & Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger – Source: Marvel Studios

The women in this movie were all very strong, amazing and capable characters that were all badass in their own way. Nyong’o, Gurira, Wright and Bassett were all terrific, and I didn’t want to write a full paragraph for each character because then my reviews get very long winded and repetitive. This is not because they are women that I don’t talk about them.

Martin Freeman coming back as Everett K. Ross from the CIA did a good job at playing the straight man, as he is perfect in doing in his past movie roles. I enjoyed seeing the wonder in seeing Wakanda, and I love watching this actor in all his roles. Andy Serkis’ character was fun to watch and I really enjoyed the portrayal of the character and the amount of fun that Serkis brought to the character. I don’t like the direction that they took with his character nor do I agree with it on a “big picture” scale.

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From Left to Right: Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Angela Bassett as Ramonda & Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross – Source: Marvel Studios

The most ironic thing about this movie is something that is a very touchy subject to bring up, especially with the events that unfolded in Florida this past week. The message that the villain of this movie is bringing forward could be seen as a call to arms or a “reason” for more hardships to be thrown at Black (African American) people in the United States America. I fear that the hero’s message of helping people around the world, regardless of faith or culture could be ignored and instead the villain’s message of hatred and want for chaos will be focused on by some members of the general audience in the United States of America.

There was also problems with certain characters’ motivations for their choices that I feel was very much glossed over, and pulled you out of the movie at some points. This could be because I don’t know enough about the comic book counterparts to a lot of these characters, and that could be what happens in them, however, in the movie they didn’t make sense, and I didn’t enjoy some of those aspects.

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Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther – Source: Marvel Studios

The hardest thing that I have yet to come to terms with about this movie, is that for the first time with any movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there were moments in this movie that I felt bored. I’m still unsure of the full reason behind that, but I feel like the movie was about 10-15 minutes too long, or certain scenes were stretched too much. I’ve never felt that way during my first viewing of a MCU movie, and I was extremely shocked and confused by that feeling after the movie.

Overall, I feel like this movie fits somewhere in the upper part of the MCU in terms of score. I enjoyed the movie, and even though there was some flaws with the movie itself, I feel like the general direction and future of the MCU is very exciting especially with the next installment coming out in May 2018, in The Avengers: Infinity War. At the end of the day, I will give Black Panther a final score of 8/10.

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Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger – Source: Marvel Studios

That’s my review for this movie, let me know in the comments what you thought of the movie? Do you agree with my review, why or why not? I would love to hear people’s opinion on this.

Thanks for reading,

Alex Martens

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