I am so happy to be alive to see this movie in all its glory.
It told an intricate yet moving story.
When I think about this film the word reckoning comes to mind.
The sins of the past impacts the world of Wakanda, and rocks it to its core.
And I related to both T’Challa and Erik Killmonger, and I understood and sympathized with both sides of the conflict.
It’s a messed up situation. Any way you look at it. Just downright screwed up.
Ryan Coogler, Kevin Feige, and Marvel Studios did the Lord’s work in making Wakanda one of the most vibrant civilizations I have ever seen on film.
And the thing about this film is that there was no weak character. Every character showed their worth and motivations.
The MVP’s of this film, for me, are Princess Shuri, King T’Challa’s little sister with so much intelligence and sass that she’s a universe unto herself, and M’Baku, the leader of the White Ape tribe. This man has no chill. He’s all about becoming King of Wakanda. But he has honor. And his comedic timing is gold. They ran away with this film.
Angela Bassett was truly majestic as the Queen Mother of Wakanda, Ramanda, and she was the sounding board her children needed.
Zuri was the counselor and wise man of Wakanda who hold the weight of the past on him as he advises T’Challa.
Okoye was T’Challa’s other mother figure. A true badass who made the hard calls, and brought it when it mattered.
Her action scenes would put Natasha Romanoff to shame. That woman did not play. A true general that you want leading your army.
And what a fierce army the Dora Milaje are. Those sistas are who you want fighting to defend your home. It’s all about the mission.
Nakia was T’Challa’s heart.
She is what most men need: a woman unafraid to tell you the truth and lead you down the correct path and still loves you regardless of your shortcomings.
W’Kabi is the conflicted friend of T’Challa and soldier of Wakanda who is more interested in results than in how those results are reached and the lasting consequences of those decisions. His crisis of conscience is not only about the one man but the Kingdom of Wakanda itself.
Ulysses Klaue had the manic trickster nature of The Joker, yet calculating all that he did. A mad scientist mercenary always for hire for the right price who has a bone to pick with the Royal Family of Wakanda. He used his partnership with Killmonger to exact his revenge against the crown.
And finally there is Everett K. Ross, the CIA agent and former Air Force pilot in way over his head, yet his instincts, and his knack to look behind the veil, keeps him alive, and a resourceful ally to T’Challa, T’Challa’s family, and Wakanda as a whole.
When I think about BLACK PANTHER, “The Godfather Saga” and “James Bond 007” come to mind.
If you could combine those two franchises, and incorporate Afrofuturism, the various African mythologies, and superhuman combat, then BLACK PANTHER is the film you get. It’s that good. And I intend to see the film as many times as I can before its theatrical run ends.
So should you see it? Well that depends on you.
I will say check it out to see a whole new world of possibilities within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But it’s up to you.
I am biased.
I’ve been a fan of this character and his world for nearly thirty years. I can’t believe it’s been that long.
And the possibilities of what could be on the horizon is enough to give me hope for what becomes of the wider MCU after the events of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The King is dead, long live the King!
And as always, Wakanda Forever!