T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.
At last, I got around to watching Black Panther (funnily enough on the same day as Spider-man: Homecoming; talk about different movies tonally) right before I went on vacation, lol. How I did that whilst packing and taking care of other things, I don’t know. But here we are. And, as always, SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie yet!
Omg the MVP in this movie has to be Okoye. Actually all of the women in this movie were amazing but Okoye is an especially fierce badass who is loyal, strong, principled, and with great heart. I was rooting for her to just rip everyone a new one and just rule the day, lol.
But anyway, I really enjoyed watching Black Panther and watching T’Challa after the events of Civil War return to Wakanda to fulfil his new role as king. Of course it’s not smooth sailing as an outsider comes along challenging T’Challa’s claim. It’s an interesting movie weaving in history and social commentary with the personal story of a father’s sins and coming into your inheritance and carrying on legacies. T’Challa really brought up an interesting point when it came to dealing with Killmonger, that he was a monster created out of the Wakanda’s traditional isolationist and had to be dealth with. There’s clearly a lot that T’Challa is grappling with throughout the movie as he begins to figure out what kind of king he will be and how he will lead his people moving forward.
But there were some light hearted moments as well, like everyone ribbing T’Challa at the start about Nakia; it was hilarious and cute and sort of grounds T’Challa in a way that despite of his burden as king and the past, he has regular problems like ex-girlfriend problems. M’Baku provided some surprising humour as well as a bit of trolling but you sort of see why he is the way he is and does look out for his tribe too. Shuri was fantastic and a great boost of humour and energy, and Angela Bassett was absolutely regal as the queen mother.
As for the villains…Interesting choice in including both Killmonger and Klaue in this movie. I can see why the latter was in the movie to get the former going but still, interesting to have them both here. Will Andy Serkis always play the unhinged villain? But props to him, he always delivers. And you see why Killmonger is the way he is, though it is odd that he really does take up his father’s views plus one thousand. So the contrast between him and T’Challa in the end was very interesting. But I wish either one or the other had been chosen as the villain to focus on as opposed to having both of them show up.
I’m obviously missing a lot in this review but at the time that I am writing this I was preparing to leave for holiday, lol. I really enjoyed the politics and the worldbuilding that was shown to viewers; I wish we saw more of that, maybe in future movies. Overall I really enjoyed watching Black Panther and fleshing out T’Challa’s character but also introducing his world and the people who are important to him and the challenges he faces. Looking forward to watching future movies!