Lately, superhero movies have offered plenty of forgettable stories and characters. However, when a little bit of time and effort is put into writing and not just the special effects, the product can be outstanding.
That is the case with the latest Marvel Comics film, “Black Panther.”
Black Panther introduces its audience to the country of Wakanda and its King T’Chalia (Chadwick Boseman). Over the years, Wakanda has hidden its true identity from the world and shielded its people from visitors. On the outside, it appears to be a developing country with little resources. But in reality, it is very advanced with technology that rivals most nations.
T’Chalia takes the place of his father who was killed during a bombing at the United Nations. He hopes to continue the legacy left by his father and rule the land with wisdom. Before T’Chalia can start on this path, an unknown cousin challenges him for the throne.
I have wanted to see this film for the last few weeks, but every time I would try to get a ticket it was sold out. Luckily my fortune changed this past weekend.
And I can tell you that this movie lives up to the hype. It rewards the audience with a story they will want to see a second or third time.
The part that hooked me was the depth given to characters. I felt like I got to understand them in a profound, personal way — much like a close friend.
One part in the film that illustrates this is as T’Chalia is taking on this new role at the palace. During a vision, he expresses to his father feelings on the heavy responsibility he is facing. He also shares sorrow about how his father is absent from the world. This moment makes a connection with the audience even stronger because a lot of people can relate to the loss of a loved one.
The story also pays equal attention to the villain of the film T’Chalia’s cousin Erik Kilmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Kilmonger expresses anger and rage toward his newly found family members who he feels abandoned him. The audience gets an apparent reason in what drives him forward. With that, I understand I felt like I knew Kilmonger from the inside out.
Black Panther is a great movie that needs to be celebrated and seen while in theaters. It has a great cast of highly talented actors who each contribute to a moving story.
If you are looking for something to see this weekend, “Black Panther” should be at the top of your list of things not to miss. I look forward to seeing what the next chapter will be in the “Black Panther” franchise and hope that it will explore the world of Wakanda even more.
I give this “Black Panther” five out of five mustaches.
This film is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. It runs 134 minutes.