WARNING: SORT OF SPOILER FREE…
“Cause maybe the night and my dreams might let me know
All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer…”
That’s the chorus to ‘All The Stars’ by Kendrick Lamar from the Black Panther soundtrack, and I can’t get it out of my head. While watching the film, my body did not stop moving in my seat, anyone behind me must have thought I was a right wierdo. But it was either my shoulders bopping, or my head nodding, I couldn’t help myself, the soundtrack was SO GOOD!
Firstly, “Thank You” to Ryan Coogler, the director, for giving us an awesome superhero movie. Black Panther has everything I like and want in a superhero film. And even though the main character, Black Panther, was male, women dominated this film. I was not expecting the female characters to have so much screen time, and to have key roles in the plot line.
My favourite character was Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, played by Letitia Wright, who I recognised but couldn’t remember from what. So obviously as soon as we got out of the cinema, I was straight on IMDB, and it was from Channel 4’s Cucumber series that I first saw her, and that’s why I recognised her. Fantastic actress by the way. But her character, Shuri, is VERY smart, Very pretty, and she kicks butt!
T’Challa though is very relatable. He is unexpectedly the King of Wakanda, and because he has a kind heart, he struggles with his duty as King. Kings have to be ruthless sometimes, but T’Challa isn’t like that. He’s still struggling with the loss of his dad, and is now responsible for this hidden society, and the very precious material they protect; vibranium.
The film has got a lot of action, and the action starts from the beginning of the film. It’s not slow at all, even though it’s over 2 hrs. It’s got a nice pace to it, with a very important message behind the story, that people have debated for years, and are still trying to find a way to achieve today.
And you know what, it was different to most of the other Marvel films. I didn’t feel like this was connected to any other Marvel story or character, even though it’s set a week after King T’Chaka is killed in Civil War. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, but with less comedy. Even though there are funny bits, and funny lines, it’s not constantly trying to be funny throughout, which Guardians does do.
There was only one problem I had with the film, and it was with a certain character. Everett K. Ross, played by Martin Freeman, who I understand is sort of necessary, because of his part in Civil War, but I found him to be really cheesy. I didn’t feel he was needed or important to have as much screen time as he got. A couple of scenes, yes, but I was really surprised to find I was still watching him on the screen for as long as I did. Maybe the character is going to have a bigger part to play in the universe as a whole, I don’t know.
Other than that, I LOVED BLACK PANTHER. It’s now one of my favourites, and definitely in my top 3, along with Winter Soldier and the first Guardian’s film. I want a Black Panther sequel after Infinity War. Which reminds me, Infinity War is out in 2 months! OH MY GOD!!!!!
Anyway, if you haven’t seen Black Panther, you must! And go see it in 3D as well. But if you have seen it, let me know what you thought, and who your fav character was.
“We must find a way to look after each other, as if we were one single tribe” – T’Challa