Flick in a Limerick –
After the death of his father, T’Challa now sits on the throne
As king of Wakanda a technologically advanced isolated zone
An heir to the bloodline, Killmonger
Does not want him to be king any longer
Then makes a challenge to take the kingdom for his own
Director – Ryan Coogler
Role Play – Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guirira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluya, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Winston Duke
“Just because something works does not be it can’t be improved”
“You’re a good man with a good heart and it is hard for a good man to be king”
“Wakanda does not need a warrior right now we need a king”
“You can’t let your fathers mistakes define who you are. You get to decide what kind of king you will be”
“The outside world is catching up. It’s either be a conqueror or be conquered”
“You can serve your country, I will save my country”
“Would you kill me my love?”
“For Wakanda without question”
“Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships because they knew death was better than bondage”
I also enjoyed the urban pop culture references such as “What are those,” “I just made it rain,” ” You have quite the enterouge do you have a mixtape coming out?” and ” Look it’s a bugatti spaceship”
- Futuristic Wakanda set designs
- Cultural African fashion, music and customs
- Killmonger museum heist scene
- T’Challa, M’Baku fight sequence
- T’Challa and T’Chaka dream sequences with father
- South Korea chase scene
- T’Challa Killmonger fight sequence for the kingdom
- Killmonger flashbacks
Scene Stealers – Winston Duke as M’Baku and Letitia Wright as Shuri definitely had break out performances with their incredible wit and genius. They held their own on-screen with such veterans and give this film some much-needed comedic relief.
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The one take casino action sequence. T’Challa and Nakia are solid but Okoye was the one who really stood out here. I am glad she definitely had the opportunity to shine as a strong, fierce woman in combat. In many ways this is the best fight sequence of the film surpassing the final battle during the climax.
The afrofuturistic Wakanda visuals were brought to life beautifully. Ryan Coogler is a special talent and I enjoyed the way the fashion, music and dialect are culturally reflected in this picture. The representation of strong female characters such as Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guirira, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett is inspirational. Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger is incredible. He was really sympathetic and almost wanted him to prevail at times feeding the notion that superhero films are always better when there is a good villain. From top to bottom best performance by an antagonist in a marvel film. Chadwick Boseman was admirable as Black Panther. He had to constantly fight the notion of him being too kind hearted to be a king. With T’Challa’s ancestors being so cutthroat he struggled with on the job training of how was he going to run the kingdom and passed with flying colors.
At the risk of having my black card revoked I do have to point out that the CGI and effects during the climatic final battle sequence is terrible. There is so much obvious tension on the suits, backgrounds and rhinos it really took me out of it. Other than that this was the perfect film at the perfect time and did incredible job of living up to almost unrealistic expectations. Also funnest time (especially black people) you will probably have at the theater this year. I know a lost treasure in the Netflix and chill era but movies are about getting dressed up and experiencing them on the big screen. This film is a celebration that provides hope. It is refreshing to see african americans depicted as warriors, kings and heroes as opposed to so many negative stereotypes.
Black Panther also separates itself from other films in the Marvel cinematic universe not having to rely on any other hero in the universe to help carry the movie. It has its own distinct signature style and is such an achievement in african american film making. The storytelling is great as the hero T’Challa actually learned something from his evil counterpart and realised that there is a lot of things about Wakanda that definitely needed to change. There is a great message of how we as people have the responsibility to utilize money, science and resources to help those that are not as fortunate as there is power in equality.
– Caleb Harris
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