A Marvel movie that feels completely different to any other film in the franchise so far, Black Panther is being talked about as being a new generation of superhero movies. Not necessarily a superhero, Black Panther almost feels like a whole lot more than that. He is seen as an icon by the people of Wakanda, a watchful protector of the secretive country. Seen on by others as a poor country in Africa, Wakanda is secretly thriving and technologically more advance than any other country in the world. As the land lives of Vibranium, it’s able to outfox anyone in the world.
T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman is stepping into the shoes of his Father. After being killed in the explosion set in Civil War, T’Challa becomes king of Wakanda and the new Black Panther. Whilst he comes to terms of leading his country and keeping his people happy, he also has to deal with the threats and tribulations that occur whilst donning the suit. A known enemy of Wakanda, Ulysses Klaue portrayed by the ever brilliant Andy Serkis is one of those men who strive to take Vibranium from their land and harvest it towards weapons.
Black Panther is blessed with an outstanding ensemble cast. As mentioned Chadwick Boseman and Andy Serkis, but the likes of Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Basset, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan. Standout performance in the film though is Michael B. Jordan. Jordan plays Erik Killmonger, a threat towards the Wakandan people and who has big beef with T’Challa. His character is aggressive and relentless, which takes a lot to be really pulled off on screen and its done incredibly well. Something that Marvel has struggled with for a long time is a decent villain but this is one that I won’t forget for a while.
As an overall, Black Panther is very enjoyable. The one thing I really enjoyed the most about the film was that it doesn’t feel or look like a typical Marvel movie. The set pieces are fantastic and visually its great on the eye. It does suffer from the template superhero ending though which does let itself down as there is no feel of originality towards the closing moments. Apart from the ending, it was an enjoyable experience, one that I would like to experience again. 4 out of 5 stars.