Black Panther is unlike any superhero movie I have ever seen. The dazzling world of Wakanda engulfs you from the moment the film begins with its stunning beauty and then hooks you with its unique storytelling that is rich in African culture and entertaining action sequences.
T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) takes his place as king and protector of Wakanda in the origin story, Black Panther. Wakanda is a technologically advanced nation in the heart of Africa that remains hidden from the world. His new powers are tested when old enemies return, determined to put Wakanda and the fate of the world in danger.
Black Panther also masters in creating the most engaging characters I have seen from a superhero film. It also doesn’t hurt that Black Panther also has one of the most stellar ensembles. From the calm power and understanding of T’Challa to the film’s complex and tortured villain, Killmonger (brilliantly portrayed by Michael B. Jordan), the characters are relatable, facing individual challenges that push them to grow. Black Panther is not afraid to lurk in the shadows and give characters raw emotion, unlike many other superhero films we have seen in the past.
There is also something to be said about the fierce females of Black Panther. In my opinion, the dynamic trio of Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Shuri (Letitia Wright), and Okoye (Danai Gurira) who steal every scene. These women are strong, smart, witty, independent and honestly, my favorite part of the film.
It has been refreshing to see the superhero film transform and evolve over the years. However, it is films like Black Panther that help successfully transcend this genre.
Final Thoughts: Black Panther boldly goes where no Marvel movie has gone before. Trust me when I tell you, the hype is real. Wakanda Forever.