Thursday, January 20, 2022

“Black Panther” shakes up Marvel

If you haven’t seen the movie “Black Panther” yet, then you’re missing out. Big time. This two-hour-and-fifteen-minute movie is jam-packed with action, humor and excitement.

I’ve never been a fan of superhero movies, so I was hesitant about going to see it. I more or less wanted to see “Black Panther” because everyone else was talking about it. I wanted to see what the hype was about. Believe me, the hype is justified.

For someone who also gets bored watching two-hour movies, I didn’t look at my phone to check the time once. The storyline and action kept my eyes glued to the screen.
“Black Panther” is set in Wakanda, a fictional African country. In Wakanda, there is an excess supply of fictional metal, vibranium. The movie follows the main character T’Challa and his challenges of being the Black Panther.

Michael B. Jordan who plays supervillain, Erik Killmonger, left me speechless. Only having known him from “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed,”, I had no idea he was capable of playing a bad guy, and he played it perfectly.

In most movies, a love tory is needed. Even though the Black Panther, T’Challa, had a girlfriend, about three minutes of the movie was devoted to their romance. He didn’t have to fight for her love or do all the other cheesy things that other super heroes do. His girlfriend, Nakia, was independent. She had her own lines outside of being with T’Challa, and she even had her own fight scenes. If “Black Panther” was written without T’Challa and Nakia dating, viewers probably wouldn’t have even noticed and it wouldn’t have changed the impact of the movie.

Besides the acting and storyline, “Black Panther” excelled in the costume department. The outfits were beautiful. You could tell that all the costumes worn were inspired by traditional African clothing. The people of Wakanda wore bright shades of red, yellow and green.

Let’s add the “Black Panther” soundtrack to the list of great things about the movie. If you’re a fan of Kendrick Lamar, then you are going to want to check it out. The soundtrack includes the songs “Pray For Me” by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Big Shot” by Travis Scott featuring Kendrick Lamar and “X” by ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi.

“Black Panther” may be amazing, but no movie is perfect. I didn’t notice any children or teenagers in Wakanda with lines. The only time there were children with lines was when the movie was set in America. Children play a big part in any society, so it would have been nice to see them have a bigger role.

Email Tracey Fox at opinions@cardinalpointsonline.

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