After ten years MARVEL Studios is still finding its stride. With their latest addition, Black Panther, they have unveiled one of their crown jewels. With Thor: Ragnarok I believe they made their comedic masterpiece and now with Black Panther they have its mirror image on the dramatic side. This is without question MARVEL’s most creative, vibrant entry since Iron Man.
Featuring the most diverse cast to date this is a film featuring equals parts visual splendor and character driven story arcs that not only propel this isolated story but as usual create greater implications for the MARVEL Universe as a whole. The characters feature several women who portray strong, smart, visceral warriors who both support their king and help correct his course when it seems he may be losing his peripheral vision. They serve as buffers from the unseen forces closing in on him. Loyalty is a major component to the functionality of these characters and the choices they make. These are admirable characters for any children to look up to and I for one think that’s a commendable trait for any movie with a younger audience.
As we’ve already seen in Civil War, Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of the Wakandan King is one of strength and focus even in the wake of his blind vengeance eventually his humanity takes hold and brings him back to the ways his father would want. Beyond the usual MARVEL action one of the best aspects to this film is the relationship between father and son. Regardless of royalty status, their relationship is highly relatable as child grows into adult and learns that their once fantastic vision of their father is false and in fact one’s father is imperfect as are all humans. It’s a tough pill to swallow for all of us with fathers and this story showcases this beautifully and powerfully. How do you emulate and continue to look up to someone who you now know is riddled with past mistakes that can to some be seen as unforgivable? It’s a tightrope decision.
As for the greatest addition to the Universe it’s the amazing technology that Wakanda has to contribute. This is where the creativity is truly allowed to go wild with amazing possibilities. This films feels like one of the biggest game changers to the overall Universe in a long time. The implications of its impact are seemingly endless.
One of the biggest weaknesses of the MARVEL films are its villains. Often they are plain, uninteresting shells of a character who wants world domination or ultimate power in the universe. This is unrelatable and therefore boring. Michael B. Jordan stars as Killmonger who is unquestionably the best superhero villain since Ledger’s Joker. His motivations are understandable even in his most evil moments. He is a character betrayed by those who should have protected him and his desire for vengeance completely makes sense. He doesn’t require some grandiose, mythological purpose predetermined by the fates in order for him to act. His focus is singular and his training exacting which makes him a sincerely formidable antagonist. He is fascinating and deplorable which is the perfect combination for a complex yet relatable villain and Jordan’s performance is certainly one to remember.
Black Panther as expected is another hit for MARVEL and is among the best entries in the MARVELverse. Strong characters and strong morals create a beautiful story of superheroes and their human counterparts coming together for the greater good. At once this movie shows spectacle and moral responsibility not only in this fantasy universe but in our own reality. It’s a commentary on the state of the world and how coming together is beneficial to all and this chasm forming between people is unnecessary. Not to mention it kicks some serious ass.
Rated PG-13 For: prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture
Runtime: 134 minutes
After Credits Scene: Two. Mid Credits and End Credits
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
Directed By: Ryan Coogler
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 5/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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