REVIEW: Black Panther
Directed by Ryan Coogler
By Tristan Sherlock
Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler, is a fresh, exciting and modern addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And quite easily one of the best.
Chadwick Boseman wonderfully embodies the struggles T’Challa (Black Panther) faces as he is crowned king of, the fictional, isolated country of Wakanda. Boseman’s emotional performance is captivating, with every last speck of his performance conveying raw, moving emotions. T’Challa’s internal struggle between tradition and innovation weaves its way into the film. Following the trend of Marvel films, it appears Boseman was born to play T’Challa.
Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is intensely complex and the perfect counterpart to Boseman’s T’Challa. Jordan’s character instantly becomes one of the MCU’s most interesting antagonist (and hottest). Killmonger’s search for civil justice and desire to give power to those who’re in need of defending, despite being done in the wrong way, is deeply understandable and relatable. The complexity of Killmonger is heartbreaking. Jordan’s terrific acting had me holding back tears more times than I want to admit. Despite being the villain of the film Killmonger was oddly inspiring and thought provoking. Nothing makes a great villain, like a villain who makes you think he’s right, and Jordan does just that with Killmonger.
Black Panther is a major stand out among the other Marvel films. Not only does it not feel like any other Marvel film, but it provides something no other Marvel film has dared to. Black Panther is immersed in culture. It never lets you forget that this is a Black Superhero film, with a majorly Black cast, set in Africa.
Visually, Black Panther, has gone beyond any other Marvel film. The cinematography is mesmerising and near impossible to look away from. The fight choreography wasn’t jagged and flowed beautifully but was also quite realistic. The other action sequences, along with the CGI, also looks realistic, not once did it seem like it wasn’t happening.
But above all the most visually stunning aspect of Black Panther was the afro-futuristic costumes. Honestly, say you don’t like Marvel or action films, and you’re in need of an excuse to watch Black Panther, do it for the costuming.
Coogler’s Black Panther is a cut above the rest. If you need a film to watch, watch this. This film delivers on all aspects, especially its cultural impact.