Black Panther is not only original and creative, it is a masterpiece. Everything about it works, from character portrayals, to music, to villains and tone and costumes to special effects to hair.
Everything was done exactly right in this film. Everything someone would want from a movie is there.
First of all, each actor is perfectly cast and performs so well. Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular character, the Black Panther or T’Challa, is phenomenal. He mastered the weight put on the character as a superhero, a son, a warrior and most importantly a king.
Other standouts were Shuri (Letitia Wright), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Erik Stevens/Erik Killmonger/N’Jadaka (Michael B. Jordan). Each stood for something different, which in turn brought a new feel or tone to the film while they were on screen.
Shuri, T’Challa’s sister brings a humorous element due to the interactions between her and her brother.
Okoye is an experienced and knowledgeable guard and general that makes the viewer feel her presence automatically.
Killmonger’s anger and tragedy was portrayed beautifully and made the film better for it. All of these characters have a large and impressive presence throughout the film and leave an imprint on the viewers.
The story, while it takes a while to come into full effect, builds beautifully throughout the film.
The climax of the film truly feels like an accomplishment and helps bring closure for all those that interact with the film.
Subtle messages for the film’s story are exhibited throughout the film, showing the viewer just how carefully put together Black Panther is and how well it was planned out.
The film is stunning. The cinematography truly is beautiful. Going into Wakanda, the surreal African futuristic utopia that is the country that the Black Panther rules, makes the viewer never want to leave.
There are sudden escapes back to the real world early in the film that are jarring and make the viewer suddenly realize how beautiful Wakanda truly is. The outfits are all gorgeous, even for the extras and secondary characters. The outfits that Killmonger and T’Challa wear especially are works of art.
The Black Panther suit and the Golden Jaguar suit are fantastically styled. The climactic battle between the two is both beautiful and awesome. The film did not forget about one of its most important aspects in the hero’s and villain’s super suits.
Another element that is truly amazing is the film’s action. The action does not feel mindless and safe for the hero.
There is an intimacy with the characters during fights and action scenes that is not often brought in. The vulnerability of each character is shown extensively during action sequences and fight scenes, which makes the viewer feel especially attached.
Black Panther is one of those films that will last for a very longtime and sets a new standard for the superhero film and blockbusters everywhere. The film has already done extremely well in its first few weeks, as it is the second highest earning opening week for a superhero film ever and the highest grossing film in 2018 so far.
Black Panther is a spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Go see it before it is too late.