Black Panther with a 7.8 IMDb rating, 97% tomatometer score and 88 metascore proves to be an absolute masterpiece, adored by the public and loved by the critics. It is an enjoyable and entertaining film, definitely worth the positive reviews it has received.
Based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the film was written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole and directed by Ryan Coogler. The film portrayed Africa in its full majesty with beautiful shots of scenery, nicely chosen costumes/styles and beautifully imagined Wakanda. Relevant themes of racism/racial tensions and other sub-themes like identity and responsibility are at the heart of this film. The subject of the film is brilliantly executed and thought-provoking.
The movie begins like any other action/adventure film with a clear-cut heroes and a somewhat stereotypical villain but quickly takes a nice plot-twist that smoothly drives the narrative to new heights. The film has a minority of white characters and a strong female cast, that portray beauty and sexuality without any help of cheap tricks.
Acting was strong in Black Panther with the likes of … everyone. Every actor in this film did a good job and it seems unfair to mention only some. Therefore, I won’t mention anyone (so as not to exclude anyone) because it would be a long list of names but please check out the Cast on IMDb as all of them deserve a round of applause.
I loved the film and have to say that it is one of the best films I have seen recently. From writing, directing to acting to costume designs to special effects, Black Panther has a high production value. And with a budget of $200,000,000 you wouldn’t expect anything else than a visually beautiful film with superb acting and strong plot.
I would, however, have liked if the film was longer and the characters (especially of Killmonger and W’Kabi) would have been developed further. This is one of those films where villains aren’t exactly villains, at least in the traditional good vs. bad sense. Killmonger’s intentions make sense and his arguments have value but so do the principles and ideas of T’Challa. It would have benefitted the film to expand their feud and allow deeper character development.
Nonetheless, the film was great. The film has strong visuals and gorgeous costume designs. Writing and directing have been absolutely top class, I particularly liked the soundtrack choices for this film.The film brilliantly combined futuristic/advanced technology with tribal principles and way of life to portray Wakanda.