Black Panther Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman
Director: Ryan Coogler
What’s Good: To maintain the proper balance between entertaining and delivering a story – a rare occasion for superhero flicks.
What’s Bad: It was entertaining in parts, but is it enough for a trademarked Marvel movie?
Loo Break: Don’t! Good scenes are unpredictable in the movie, can come at any moment.
Watch or Not?: Watch it to get set for the major leagues (Read: Avengers: Infinity War)
The story set in Wakanda (An African spinoff of Asgard), T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is now the king post death of his father T’Chaka. Getting crowned as a Black Panther after a super-trippy waterbed fight scene, T’Challa founds his debut missions to capture Klaue (Andy Serkis) at a South Korean casino. Through this mission of capturing Klaue, T’Challa explores some hidden family secrets leading to some beautiful chaos.
Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), T’Challa’s long-lost cousin has amazing time raising up the old family issues and fighting some brutally head-knocking moves. In this fight of T’Challa and Erik, the entire world is at stake. As the story progresses, Coogler (director) makes it clear how this isn’t just fun and games. It’s also about the involvement of T’Challa’s ultra cool sister in Shuri (Letitia Wright) & how she adds humour in major chunk through the entire course of the film.
Script written by Coogler himself, Joe Robert Cole has helped him co-write it. Coogler takes a similar path as Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok’s writer) of exploring a superhero flick beyond Marvel’s cinematic universe. Pearson was hugely successful in doing the same but somewhere Coogler takes the script too seriously. He surely delivers the twists & turns which Marvel fans are not used to. But in this process, he drags the story in between.
His approach towards playing between two parallel universes, using flashback sequences is a bit chewy than what we’ve seen in popcorn superhero flicks. Some might enjoy it throughout, some might lose the grip in between but overall it’s not something to dislike.
Chadwick Boseman is impactful as Black Panther but he’s too real to be a superhero. I missed the essence of what Robert Downey or Chris Hemsworth have been spreading in their movies. Chadwick possesses some similar traits as Chris Evans (Captain America) but misses the swag. No complaints in the acting sessions I would just like to see him donning an explosive avatar in Avengers: Infinity War.
Letitia Wright plays the role of T’challa’s sister is surely my favorite character of all. She’s the torch bearer of entertainment in the film. She makes you laugh whenever she’s on screen. Wonder why Coogler didn’t add such quirk to every character.
Andy Serkis as Klaue and Michael B. Jordan as Erik paints the movie perfectly with their badass presence. Andy is on-point with this comic timing whereas Jordan takes the I-am-a-cool-badass way. Both do a commendable job overall.
Ryan Coogler pulls a rabbit out of his hat with Black Panther but is his rabbit entertaining enough or it’s just the trick he wants people to fall for. The mood Black Panther is set in is one of the difficult ones to achieve for any superhero flick. He didn’t have shiny skies of the US or even the tall skyscrapers to destroy, he had Wakanda – a fictional East African nation. Making that appealing is the biggest win for Coogler.
Music is by Coogler’s favorite composer Ludwig Göransson and he has added the required thump in the screenplay. This Sweden born composer adapts the tribal touch so well and executes it with equal brilliance. Marvel is known to hide its amazing music under the layers of visually wonderful scenes but Ludwig emerges as the musical hero.
Overall, Black Panther is a delightful experience but somewhere it hangs in between being entertaining and narrating a customary superhero story. Watch this for some brilliant moments & as a base-builder for something epic (Avengers: Infinity War) to come.
Black Panther releases on 16th February, 2018.
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