Black Panther tells the story of the rise and fall of a king against a warrior trying to do the world some good.
This is more than what Marvel films have so far been. This film offers one of the best villains witnessed in a superhero film. He’s fierce, of strong character, and with a credible backstory and motivation.
With Black Panther, Ryan Coogler strikes gold creating an action-packed blockbuster with political overtones. The action sequences are breathtaking. A car chase sequences we saw in the trailers was only a glimpse of the awesomeness that it is. The women in this film are badass, too leading the front in battles.
Since Wakanda is a nation hidden somewhere in the heart of Africa and disconnected from the rest of the world, this could even hold good as a standalone film. But the inclusion of MCU characters like General Ross and Ulysses Klaue make it more relevant. The distinctive visual style adapted for this film does complete justice in showcasing the unfamiliarity between Wakanda and all other nations.
Wakandan technology is so advanced that it might even put Stark’s to shame. But their tech is all kept protected within the kingdom. This is what drives Killmonger to challenge the throne. This makes for a really interesting storyline. Michael B. Jordan does a fantastic job in his portrayal of this fierce character. Chadwick Boseman is great as T’Challa, too. But the first half of the movie doesn’t really let the character’s oomph factor ooze out. But he gets going, there’s no stopping him. All other actors do good in their respective roles. The costume design is something that helps build the world of Wakanda.
The final showdown between T’challa and Killmonger is a short-lived and a little too dark but the battle sequence in whole is very satisfying. This is a film that takes Marvel’s storytelling game one level up.
Rating – ****
PS: I watched this film in IMAX and take my word for it – the experience was worth it.
Watch the trailer here