Let’s be honest, if you’re a fan of Marvel movies, or comics in general, chances are you’ve already seen this movie. And, again, let’s be honest, you know you LOVED IT! I know I definitely did.
But this review is more for the movie fans who might consider comic book movies not necessarily their thing. And to them, I would offer, this is definitely worth going to the theatre to see!
BLACK PANTHER seems to immediately follow the events in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, where the King of Wakanda was killed, and the movie picks up where his son, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is set to take the throne.
What I loved about this movie was that there was so much color and texture throughout the movie. And on top of that, how there seemed to be so many wonderful moments that seemed to challenge the concept of stereotypes, and challenged the idea of self & where you come from. I can’t say that was the intent of the filmmakers, but like any artform, it’s what the viewer takes away from it. And I have to say, BLACK PANTHER has definitely changed the game of what a superhero movie could, and arguably, should be.
And I’m not the only one, Former First Lady, Michelle Obama agrees to!
And I honestly could not have summed up the movie better myself.
As for the movie itself? In addition to the themes I came away with, the movie is by far so different from any Marvel movie before it. I don’t think I soiling anything by saying this, I mean you can easily infer it from the marketing. But just the nature of the plot, an ascension to the throne & having a challenger to it, just allowed for an epic conflict. And the resolution to it all can’t help but leave you inspired.
I really hope Kevin Feige and the rest of the Marvel Studios team can keep this level going. I mean, I’ll go see any Marvel movie, but this one definitely has me excited for what’s to come.
But thinking about this movie, I can’t help but think of ARRIVAL, with it’s message of coming together as a whole, coming at a time when the public really needed a story like that. BLACK PANTHER is definitely arriving at a time where we really need a message of coming together and supporting one another. And I really hope it leaves an impact to do just that.
All in all, whether you’re a comic book fan or not, I really hope you’ll go see this movie. It’s exciting, incredibly fun, and leave you inspired. I know I was.
OH, one more thing. Any Marvel fan will know, there’s almost always a post-credit scene to their movies. So if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s 2. So stay in your seats!
WHERE I SAW ‘BLACK PANTHER’
I am not paid to say this, but I saw BLACK PANTHER at my local Alamo Drafthouse. I only mention this because, in addition to their great love of film, “No Talk/Text” policies, great staff & food, they always seem to have a pre-show that’s related to the movie. And for BLACK PANTHER they had a pre-show that gave background to the movie. Though I consider myself a comic book fan, I’m not very familiar with the BLACK PANTHER comic, and their pre-show definitely gave me some background that definitely added to my enjoyment to the movie.
AND they always seem to have a custom bump before a movie for their “No Talk/Text” policy. This one featured Chadwick Boseman. It was pretty hilarious. And assuming all Alamo’s cut their movies the same, there’s a little surprise at the very end of the credits if there’s an Alamo in your area.