In 1966, Marvel introduced the world to Black Panther. Fifty two years later, the king of Wakanda has finally graced the big screen in the most glorious way possible.
Marvel has hit it out of the park with this one. Black Panther is a movie with few flaws. It’s rare to find that today, and it’s even more rare to find a superhero movie with little to no flaws. Everything about Black Panther is phenomenal. From the cast to the action to the music, the movie hits all the marks.
Chadwick Boseman plays the titular character, T'challa, or the Black Panther. He returns to his home of Wakanda, an African city filled with scientific wonders and full of Vibranium. Vibranium is a rare extermely precious metal deposited by an asteroid from space millions of years ago. T’challa is dealing with not just the loss of his father but also becoming the new king of Wakanda. The movie focuses on his struggles as a new king.
First off, the cast for this movie is superb. Not only do we have Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), but we also have Oscar award winner Forest Whitaker and Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya.
There is also no shortage of amazing women in the cast too. There is the charming Lupita N’yongo (Nakia), the fierce Danai Gurira (Okoye), the adorable Leitita Wright (Shuri) and the stunning Angela Bassett (Ramonda).
Out of everyone, there is one actor who I believe stole the show. Winston Duke is a newcomer to Hollywood, but after his role as M’baku, the leader Jabari Tribe, Duke will be drowning in roles. Duke is both intimidating and hilarious in the role of M’baku, serving as a foil to T’challa. It’s hard to keep your eyes off him.
This is also a very gorgeous movie. When you think of superhero movies, you don’t think of movies that are necessarily pretty, save for perhaps Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 and Thor: Ragnork. But Black Panther is gorgeous. From the styling of the women’s hair to the costumes; you can tell the people behind this movie did their research. Everything is dripping with references to different parts of African history and culture. Nothing feels cluttered; everything feels organic. It’s a refreshing and enjoyable change of pace of a Marvel movie.