To say I was excited for this movie was an understatement. Ever since T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, made his appearance in “Captain America: Civil War” I could not wait to see him in action. The movie starts off with an animated sequence with King T’Chaka, the father of T’Challa, telling him how the Black Panther and Wakanda came to be. This sets the storyline in the movie as T’Challa faces a series of trials that helps him to decide whether or not he wants to follow the strict Wakandan traditions or start his own.
The movie does a fantastic job of immersing the viewers into this fictional world. This is impressive given the fact that Wakanda is not a real place and most places that Marvel characters venture to are real. The scenery is well shot and even the animated ones look real and not cheesy.
I also enjoyed how well-written all the characters were. None of them felt flat and each felt like a main character in the story which added the plotline feeling full and not underdone. This movie also could not have premiered at a better time. Representation is desperately needed in Hollywood and this movie definitely set the standard.
“Black Panther” has also set a new standard for Marvel stand-alones. They often fall a little short of expectations and total execution, minus “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The first half of the story and the second half of the story match intensity levels fairly well. Each part has something important to say and adds the right amount of comic relief.
I cannot wait to see what else T’Challa has to offer in “Avengers: Infinity War” and future films.
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