‘Black Panther’ Spoiler-Free Review
Marvel’s latest film has finally landed for fans in the U.S. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) has already broken records in presales, only trailing behind Star Wars and is expected to have a record-breaking opening weekend. I was able to see the film last night in a packed theater and had a lot of thoughts afterward. But this review is simple and spoiler-free so you don’t have to worry about me giving away anything. Here are my general thoughts on Marvel’s Black Panther.
The action in the film was pretty good. There are a few moments where I wish the camera was more steady instead of the dramatic turns and moving shots that many comic book films and shows rely on so I could really see the fight choreography, but it didn’t take away from those moments.
The storyline was decent, but a little predictable in some spots. That could be just me as someone who doesn’t have a hard time guessing the plot of a film, book, etc. The performances from the cast were overall very good. While I wasn’t enthused by Angela Bassett’s accent, her portrayal of the Queen Mother Romonda carried emotional weight. Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger was complex and real in his emotions and drive. One scene in the film with the character made me tear up. I wasn’t expecting to like Winston Duke’s M’Baku but I did.
Letitia Wright stole the show as Princess Shuri, T’Challa’s sixteen-year-old genius sister, while Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira shined as Nakia and Okoye. Shoutout to Martin Freeman, who I will always see as John Watson. His return as Ross was incorporated well into the storyline.
Seeing how the film incorporated a variety of African cultures was interesting and really lovely to see in a big budget film. The score was great and either made me want to dance or perfectly elevated dramatic or emotional moments. I also enjoyed Kendrick’s soundtrack which gets some nods in the film.
Overall, I enjoyed the film. I can definitely see where Black Panther will face criticism or make some people uncomfortable or unhappy, but I’m excited about the film and look forward to seeing it again. I also can’t wait until Avengers: Infinity War.
Black Panther gets a 9/10 from me.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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