Director : Ryan Coogler
Producer(s) :Kevin Feige, David J. Grant
Starring : Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis
Genre : Action/Fantasy
Release Date : February 16, 2018
Awesome-O-Metre : 7.7/10
Revue of Black Panther
Black Panther follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
The long awaited Black Panther has finally arrived in cinemas (in Nigeria) and we couldn’t be happier. Marvel have created a masterpiece with Black Panther because the fusion between a conventional African scenery and futuristic gadgets was so seamless it seemed believable. The costuming was on point and scenery was masterfully crafted and the depiction of Africa was fantastic.
Is a film set in Africa ever complete without a mention of Nigeria? Of course not! Naija featured in one of the first scenes of Black Panther but (expectedly) we weren’t featured for the right reasons. However, I must say that they nailed the Hausa language and accent perfectly, this could only have been rendered by a full blood Nigerian. Talking about accents, the accents of the characters were quite unrealistic and had me flinching regularly for its exaggerated nuances. Andy Serkis got his South African accent locked but it was quite difficult to put a finger on the other character’s accents…except M’Baku (Duke Wilson) who sounded Nigerian and his humor was the highlight of the film for me especially where he threatened to eat Martin Freeman.
However, I had my biases because Black Panther epitomized ALL the stereotypes of Africa;
- Medicine man – ala Rafiki from Lion King (check)
- Indigenes making animal noises (check)
- Africans living in mud houses (check)
- Family feuds (check)
- Random wildlife strolling in the backyard (check)
- Unknown accents (check)
- A sacred tree (check)
I can’t lie, after a while I wasn’t sure if I was offended because I was so danm entertained. I think the film had a great plot which told a real African Story about Africans set in Africa and it was sooooooo entertaining.
The fake accents aside, I think all the characters did a fantastic job with Chadwick Boseman effortlessly oozing of charisma and Lupita tugging at my heart strings with her melanin. The ageless Angela Bassett was fantastic but my favorite character (other than Mbaku) is Okoye of the Dora Milaje. She kicks ass!
That being said, I think Black Panther fight scenes weren’t as intense as I would have liked because they all seemed like mere backyard tussles. I guess the idea was to make it seem authentic but nope, it’s not working for me and they should have done better. Black Panther had a lot of wow moments because I guess the idea was to follow a new direction that is unlike any Marvel film before where the focus is on the story rather than the action sequences.
Black Panther is one of the best back stories of a super hero you will see but is it the best Marvel film? Nope. Not really. Are we going to admit that it’s not the best? NEVER! We are going down saying it’s the best film ever!!!
Black Panther is highly recommended because you won’t see a more entertaining film any time soon. So click HERE to purchase your cheap movie tickets and don’t forget to hit me up on Twitter and Facebook or in the comment section below to tell me what you think about the Black Panther.
PS. There is an after credit scene….