Hey gang, Valkor here. This next piece should have been up before my review of Avengers: Infinity War. But due to a bunch of stuff happening, which included an update to the site, my Black Panther review was put on the backburner. No matter as the film has hit the shelves – both in digital and physical formats. And for those who haven’t seen it? Here’s my take on why you should go out now and get your copy pronto!
We're first introduced to Black Panther in the film "Captain America: Civil War", where T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has been thrust into the lead role of his people, after the death of his father. In this outing, we see events, post-Civil War, play out as T'Challa takes on the mantle, which includes his coronation as king. Conflict brews when a new threat looks to stir things up towards the hidden nation in the form of Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan – Fantastic Four), who comes with some pent-up rage that stems from a past incident involving both his and T’Challa’s fathers. And in order to save his nation, T’Challa must confront Killmonger as well as face his past along with the future of Wakanda. Also, there are two post-credit scenes worth waiting for. One especially is sort of Infinity War related.
Oh, I know I left out a lot – and I’m talking an awful lot! Such as how Klaue (Andy Serkis) fits into the equation, the awesomeness of Shuri (Letitia Wright) and her amazing gadgets, the incredible backdrops, and that cool car chase in Korea amongst other types of goodness squeezed into this 2-hour plus film. But that's with good reason; Black Panther isn't complex. It's a straightforward and entertaining flick that doesn't need too much explaining to get through it. And if you want to delve further into the mythos, then you’ll certainly want to check out the extras found on the combo disc such as From Page to Screen: a Roundtable Discussion, The Hidden Kingdom Revealed, The Warrior Within, Marvel Studios the First Ten Years: Connecting a Universe, a sneak peek at “Ant-Man and The Wasp”, and so much more!
We’re going to forgo the whole good, bad, ugly routine because there’s too much of this film that I enjoyed to get all nitpicky. I mean I could, but I won’t.
I’ll be honest, I had the lowest of expectations when it comes to the film of Black Panther; it's not I didn't believe that the film wouldn’t have done well. However, when I think of the character of Black Panther, I never thought that much of him. Sure he’s awesome in the comics, but to me, he always worked best when was in a team dynamic. Which is why he was amazing in Civil War. But in a solo outing? Yea, I was doubtful. Thankfully all my doubts were put aside as the film was simply amazing!! Much better than I could have ever imagined! What you get with Black Panther is a comic book come to life that sits well within the MCU! Not only do you get exceptional storytelling and intense action, surrounded by jaw-dropping visuals, but you also with a nice dose of humor and a thumping soundtrack to complete the mix. It all blends together so well, placing Black Panther as one of my favorites amongst the MCU crew! The awesomeness doesn’t stop there as you also get a nice mix of African culture; even if Wakanda isn’t real, all that is Africa from the language and clothes are presented beautifully on-screen. You also get some social commentary tossed in, as T’Challa has to deal with the fact that Wakanda is a nation wrapped in solitude, and yet there are outside pressures that warrant it should come into the public light. Finally, the acting job is A-Plus and Chadwick Boseman carries the film well. However, Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger is the definite show stealer, as I loved to hate his character. Definitely brutal, but when brought alongside T’Challa, it adds a kind of Martin Luther King/Malcolm X dynamic to the mix. The rest of the cast gets A-Plus nods for their performances as well, especially Letitia Wright as Shuri, who whose gadgets would make James Bond's Q jaw drop. But ultimately, the glue that brings it all together, Ryan Coogler, you deserve all the praise for piecing together an amazing piece of comic book, cinematic fare that’s worth watching again and again. Oh and shout out to Kendrick Lamar for his work on the soundtrack, which has been on rotation since I first laid ears on it.
Black Panther is available now on digital and Blu-Ray combo pack, including 4K Ultra HD. If you haven’t already seen the film, then do yourself the pleasure of checking out this well-crafted Marvel cinema masterpiece. And hey, it’s also a lot of fun especially if you’re a fan of the MCU films. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Black Panther a well earned and deserved 5!