Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler. It stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’Yongo, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis.
Marvel Studios has become the king of comic book movies. They bring in the box office numbers, while other studios struggle to compete in the same genre. With their 18th film, they finally bring T’Challa and the world of Wakanda to the silver screen.
Black Panther has been a character I have wanted to see in a live-action movie since I was a child, and while I generally like Marvel Studios, they can sometimes water down characters, or make them too comedic. I am happy to report that Black Panther not only is a great film that takes the character seriously, it also is in the upper tier of great comic book movies.
In the film, we see T’Challa (Boseman) deal with becoming the ruler of the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda, after the death of his father. The nation is secluded from the world, in fear that outsiders would destroy their way of life. A mysterious character, Erik Killmonger (Jordan), has a plan that is tied to the past, present, and future of T’Challa’s legacy.
We first saw the cinematic version of T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, where he was one of the best characters. In his own solo film, he truly shines, and Chadwick Boseman was born to play him. Boseman brings a true regal, and commanding presence that the character requires. The real show stealer, however, is Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. Marvel has struggled in the past delivering compelling villains, but this an exception to that. Killmonger has a real motive to do what he does and has a point of view that the audience can almost get behind.
The supporting cast is all fine enough, but some characters don’t get the development they might have needed. Also, while the movie does play very seriously, there are a few jokes that can be real groaners at times. These are, however, minor nitpicks.
Ryan Coogler directs the film beautifully and should be very proud of his work here. Visually, the shots and visual effects are top notch, as to be expected (see in 3D as this is one of Marvel’s best post conversions they have done).The action is directed breathlessly, reminding me of the excellent hand to hand fighting in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Civil War.
In short, the movie is truly what T’Challa deserves, and leaves him in a position of power before the impending Infinity War…