Black Panther

Black Panther feels more of a political film when compared to the other superhero films in the Marvel cinematic universe. The way it demolishes the sexism and racism by taking culture along with it is quite a wonderful site. Marvel has managed to restructure the superhero franchise that has been facing the burn out issue with its last few films and this one is also a variety addition to their way of keeping this genre pretty much alive. With its central conflict also having a contemporary relevance, Black Panther might be short on the entertainment side, but it is solid on its statements.

After the events in Civil War were we saw King T’Chaka getting killed, his son T’Challa has become the new king. He is assigned to this new responsibility and the first mission for him was to find Ulysses Klaue, the arms dealer. T’Challa’s failure to complete that mission leads to an inner conflict between the Wakandans and an unexpected outsider with a valid argument about the oppression faced by people of African origin puts the King in a difficult situation. How he fights back from this is what Black Panther all about.

The mould of Black Panther might be pretty simple. Or I think I should say it’s more Shakespearian with all the inner conflicts over power putting people in emotionally challenging situations. But where director Ryan Coogler manages to make this Black Panther movie progressive is by adding layers of culture, equality etc. in to the narrative. The person who sat next to me was constantly mocking the dialect and the looks of certain characters and I must say this movie was apparently the simplest tool to identify a racist. The writing here has female characters thriving and the visual of a king being aided by powerful women is indeed a need of the hour. Even the reason behind why the antagonist wanted to conquer Wakanda had a valid political backdrop.

Ryan Coogler who made a fabulous Creed, has definitely given us a movie that doesn’t try to follow the pattern. I won’t say it has broken the mould. But it has definitely tweaked the mould in a progressive direction. The equality that black people deserve gets represented in this film and it respects its cultural diversity. There are moments were the usual dominance of USA and UK are mocked with perfect information about their way of functioning. I loved the way the general says she will speak in English when she wants to. A lot of such subtle breaking of stereo types is happening in this movie and I believe Black Panther becomes a path breaking attempt in that sense. The cinematography is fabulous and the visuals are stunning as usual. The background score uses the culture perfectly.

Unlike the Black Panther we saw in Civil War, T’Challa is a bit confused here. We get to see his soft side. He is yet to become that strong leader with clarity and Chadwick Boseman manages to present that version of Black Panther convincingly. Michael B Jordan who earlier collaborated with Coogler in Creed is the antagonist Killmonger here and the guy was the perfect choice to play the bad guy with confidence and clarity about the mission he had. Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright play the roles of the significant female characters in this movie. Martin Freeman is there, the ever so brilliant Andy Serkis and Mr. Forest Whitaker is also there in this movie.

Black Panther manages to achieve more than its aim of introducing us to the world of Wakanda. The political significance of its content is praiseworthy and Marvel manages to come up with something that isn’t going to get labelled as run-of-the-mill.

Rating: 4/5

Final Thoughts

The political significance of Black Panther's content is praiseworthy and Marvel manages to come up with something that isn’t going to get labelled as run-of-the-mill.


Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

1 comment

  1. Thank you for the review .Usually I agree with your reviews and most of the time check your site before watching a movie . But got to say , last Thor movie was a disappointment. I just didn’t like the way that movie was . Humour and character arch mainly .
    This was a movie I got excited about after the last Captain America movie. Will be watching it tomorrow hopefully.
    Thanks man for the review again 🙂

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