Vic's Flick Picks
(4 popcorn boxes)
Don’t get me wrong. Black Panther deserves the attention is it receiving for being a major studio release with a predominately African American cast. But mostly it deserves attention for being a superb film.
We first met T𠆜halla/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in Captain America: Civil War. If you haven’t seen that film, Black Panther will still make sense – but really, why haven’t you seen Civil War? It is definitely one of my top five favorite Marvel Comic Universe (MCU) movies. You can’t move forward in the Avengers storyline without seeing it, so maybe rent the DVD or see if it’s on Netflix. Heck, I’ll lend you my copy. Sorry, I got off track a little.
T𠆜halla is heir to the throne of Wakanda, an isolated yet highly advanced kingdom of Africa. Their resources of Vibranium make them technologically superior to the world, but they have kept that secret for generations.
Helping – and hindering – T𠆜halla as he assumes the mantle of not only King, but Black Panther, are his family (Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright), his trusted friends (Forrest Whitaker and Daniel Kaluuya), his loyal guard (Danai Gurira), his love (Lupita Nyong’o) and his enemy (Michael B. Jordan).
Let me point out that his guard is general of a battalion of fierce and beautiful female warriors who are amazing. Gurira’s characterization of General Okoye was exciting and captivating each time she was on screen.
All of the cinematography and CGI were beautiful. Black Panther was as gorgeous to see as it was exciting to watch.
I feel “superhero movie” is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, Black Panther is a superhero, but that is not what the film was about. Black Panther was exciting fights and chase scenes, but at it’s heart was the story of a country steeped in honor, tradition and love for their homeland. Each of the characters were breathtaking, heartbreaking and mesmerizing. Kudos to all of the actors.
Four boxes out of five for Black Panther. It is excellent. Still not as outstanding as Joss Whedon’s The Avengers (nothing every will be, I’ve made peace with that), but it is a true shining star for the MCU. The film is rated PG-13 for violence and action sequences. Prepare yourself for cool CGI technology, wicked battles and a really large rhinoceros.
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I was unfamiliar with Danai Gurira before I was captivated by her in Black Panther. Apparently, she appears in this television series known for zombies.
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P.S. Which Marvel movies do you think are on my top five list?
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