Director: Ryan Coogler
Box office: 361 million USD
Budget: 200 million USD
Producers: Kevin Feige, David J. Grant
2018 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 2h 15m
Initial release: January 29, 2018 (Hollywood)
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king.
When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.
Faced with treachery and danger, 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.
Before this review begins I just want to start off by saying,”WakandaForever!”.
Black Panther being Marvels 18th cinematic instalment does something all its predecessors before it failed at, having a diversified cast and crew has been an achievement Marvel prides itself upon but Black Panther is the first black led superhero film, Directed by Ryan Coogler (a black man) and an all-star cast comprising of talents like Angela Basset, Lupita Nyong’o and David Kaluuya.
I honestly walked in the theatre very sceptical because of the hype behind the film, being a black superhero film it was turned into an Afrocentric movement that, I was totally against.
As a fan of the comic’s I was offended because most people didn’t know the story behind Black Panther so their support was just based on the cast’s skin colour.
Black Panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda and follows the events after Captain America: Civil War.
Marvel presented the film in a way in which everyone could catch on briefly to the retelling of the character’s history and background especially one adapted for marvels expansive cinematic universe.
KingT’Challa returns home to officially take up the mantle of Black Panther after the death of his father King T’Chaka, immediately we are introduced to this bright and beautiful futuristic-African haven, hidden from the world to protect the Wakandan’s most precious resource the fictional metal,”Vibranium”.
Secrets are revealed and all chaos is unleashed in Wakanda, Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens (Micheal B. Jordan) usurps the kingdom, causing sharp division among the tribes and plans to wage war on the world and all black people from oppression.
Micheal B. Jordan’s character has to be one of the strongest Marvel villains to date not in physicality but in motive leaving a lasting impression on not only Chadwick Boseman but also the audience, his methods may be extreme but you can’t help but see things from his perspective.
Driven to expose Wakanda and its secrets to the world down the line we are introduced to characters like Shuri ( Letitia Wright); T’Challa’s younger sister and head of the nation’s scientific development division, Wright gives the film a comedic relief while simultaneously being a strong role model for young woman.
Winston Duke otherwise known as M’Baku has to be the breakout star being the favourite of more than a few female fans, which was interesting an interesting touch by Marvel portraying the stereotypical angry black as a crowd favorite was something I wasn’t expecting at all.
I want to thank Multichoice Botswana and Ice100 radio for inviting me to the films premiere, it is a film for the ages and you have to go watch it as soon as possible.