I’ve finally managed to go see Black Panther, and I’m ready to share my thoughts about it. This is going to be spoiler-free, so no worries! It’s a post for everyone.
Disclaimer: there might be a few teeeeeenyyy tinyyyy spoilers in there, but nothing big or really relevant to the story.
1. The writing. The dialogue was funny, dramatic, it made the characters realistic and loveable, and there was very little to no cheesiness, which is great.
2. The characters. There is not one character in this movie I did not enjoy watching. The Wakandans (is that even the right word?) are awesome, every single one of them. I loved watching T’Challa‘s (Chadwick Boseman) character grow out from under his father’s shadow. He’s a good man, he wants what’s best for his people, he loves his family and does the best he can, but he fails, and that makes him very human. I like the way he is both vulnerable in the sense that he is not perfect, but still incredibly strong and not willing to give up. I like how his character evolves throughout the movie. I like the dynamics between him and the people around him; especially the relationship with his sister is something I really enjoyed.
Shuri (Letita Wright) is also a great character. She’s funny, she’s badass, and she’s incredibly smart – and she and everyone around her knows it. She’s not pushed into the background by anyone, but rather in the middle of the story, and a big part of T’Challa’s life and his development as a person and a king. In my opinion, she’s one of the best things in this movie – and there’s a lot of great things in this movie.
Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is not just a love interest, but also a badass spy who speaks sooo many languages and stands up for what she believes to be right. She doesn’t back down, which is a rare thing, especially for love interests – on the contrary, she makes T’Challa change his mind by showing him his mistakes, without making him look like an ass. I love how nuanced a character she is, and that she never once falls into the clichés of love interests, but rather is a person in her own rights.
Okoye (Danai Gurira)- and the Dora Milaje – are so. awesome. Seriously, and entire special forces guard made of badass female black warriors?! Who are not sexualized in any way, not treated differently, but only with the respect they deserve as warriors? Things like this need to happen more often, especially with Women of Color. And Okoye is not just the badass who saves everyone’s butt more than once, but also funny and supportive and loyal – so loyal, even, that she puts her place as head of the Dora Milaje above her personal feelings, which is fantastic to see, especially because it doesn’t stop her from making her feelings known.
And there are so many others! Zuri (Forest Whitaker) is a cool uncle/father figure. M’Baku (Winston Duke) is a fun character to watch grow from challenging the king to (spoiler alert?) grudgingly accepting him to full-on supporting him, because he’s not a bad person, simply someone who has his own beliefs and stands by them. I have great respect for people like him. Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) is a badass in her own rights, and there is something very regal about her, even when she’s not having the greatest day. She commands respect wherever she goes, and it was awesome to watch. Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) is a great villain, especially by Marvel-standards, cause he’s memorable. Klaue (Andy Serkis) is the same weirdo he was in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) was upgraded from comic relief to comic relief with a bigger, sometimes more serious role.
3. The attention to detail. The creation of Wakanda and her people was given so much thought and research, making it colorful and realistic and wonderful. They showed a world that was never colonized and kept all of its culture and cultural pride, and it is beautiful. The people of Wakanda have their own accent, which is wonderful, and speak Xhosa amongst themselves, giving them even more of an individual cultural aspect.
4. The movie was made almost entire by Black People, and with very few exceptions, has an entirely Black cast – and it’s incredible. It’s about damn time a movie like this was made! It’s historically important, it’s culturally important, and it’s a great movie, which makes it even more awesome.
5. The acting is fantastic. Everyone is perfect in their roles. They portray nuanced and multi-dimensional characters.
6. The movie is visually stunning. It’s beautifully colorful, and the technologies look amazing, as do the costumes. Black Panther’s suit (is it a suit?) is awesome, and I love the colors they used for it.
7. The music is great, too. Modern and traditional, it fits every scene and makes the movie worth listening to as well as looking at.
1. The editing was a bit choppy at times, making the transitions between scenes feel a bit hacked off, especially in the beginning.
2. It feels a bit like they had 2 ideas for 2 movies but crammed it into one, making it feel like the first of the movie has one storyline, and the second half another one entirely. They try blending them into one another, but there’s still a very clear cut.
That’s it. That’s the only two things that slightly bothered me when watching the movie.
My Rating: Outstanding. I think Black Panther is one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time, right up there with Iron Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers. It’s beautiful, it’s funny, it’s incredibly important – it’s just plain awesome. I recommend everyone who likes superheroes to go see Black Panther; even those who don’t know much about the MCU can enjoy this movie, because it’s more about character building and introducing the world of Wakanda than tying into the big plots of the MCU in general.