After Black Panther clawed his way onto the big screen in Captain America: Civil War, fans wanted more from the new king of Wakanda. Now Black Panther gets his own solo movie that hopes to serve not only justice for the king but for fans everywhere. With all the hype and buzz around this film, does it succeed or does it come down with cat scratch fever?
The story takes place after Civil War with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becoming the new king of Wakanda after his father’s death at the hands of Zemo. T’Challa goes through all the rituals and everything seems to be going smoothly until Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) resurfaces and tries to sell Vibranium (the strongest metal in the MCU, produced exclusively by Wakanda) when he is caught and imprisoned. Then Erik Killmonger (Michael. B. Jordan) breaks Klaue out and the two villains team up to try to bring down the Black Panther.
The acting is outstanding in Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa) brings his all to his role and so does the rest of the cast. The chemistry can be seen and it really helps make the characters more fun and believable.
The main villain for the movie is also outstanding. When Michael. B. Jordan was cast in the role of Killmonger, many fans didn’t think he could pull it off. However, Jordan is able to strike a perfect balance that will win over non-believers. Jordan is able to be cool and calm one minute, then intimidating and powerful the next.
The CGI is amazing and really eye-catching. There are scenes in the movie that really stand out on the big screen, with gorgeous colours and detailed transitions, outfits and sets. The technology in Wakanda really comes to life and some of the gadgets are outstanding.
The music for the movie blends in with the overall tone and theme and it also stands out on its own. Kendrick Lamar produced and wrote the songs for Black Panther. Lamar has been on a roll over the last few years with his music winning Grammys and critical acclaim. Lamar brings his A game and produces some great music that is very catchy and shows that he was the perfect choice for Black Panther.
Black Panther is a great movie from start to finish. The story is simple and compelling, and the characters are entertaining and loveable. The main villain is the best we have seen so far in the MCU. The CGI is also very well done and helps enhance the movie rather than distracting from it. Overall, everyone gave their all in making this movie, and it really shows. Believe the hype and go see Black Panther.