So, this is a post I’ve wanted to do but haven’t gotten around to until now, on accounts of promoting my latest single (*shameless plug* Get Ya Bars Up 2 Feat. Hip Chat Music, produced by JSG available now on all major streaming platforms LOL). Anyway, now that the opening weekend hype has settled down and the first wave or critic reviews have hit, I thought I’d chip in my thoughts. Before I start my not-so-in-depth review, I want to throw this disclaimer out there; I am in no way, shape, or fame a comic book fan nor have I kept up to any of the movie releases. I usually have no interest in the comic book universe, but I felt I owed it to myself to start somewhere.
Photo Credit : Marvel Studios
I will start by saying the cast did an amazing job bringing this movie to life. Filled with strong acting and well-timed humor, Black Panther was definitely an easy one to take in. The movie seemed to jump almost immediately to it, almost essentially skipping the backstory. This move may have been an intentional decision on director Ryan Coogler’s part to not bog spectators down with a lengthy build-up. It however took a bit away from the movie for me as it left a lot to be unanswered. It’s not enough to say that it’s a bad movie though. It was a great movie in my opinion, as I didn’t know the Black Panther story. It just left a lot to be desired in terms of backstory and history, and would’ve gone a long way as to sparking further interest.
Chadwick Boseman does as a great job as the movie’s hero T’Challa, but Michael B. Jordan, who plays war-hardened Erik Killmonger, definitely steals the show. Having first watched him on HBO’s The Wire as Wallace, it’s always amazing to see him land bigger and bigger roles and find himself more as an actor. Supporting cast members include Lupita Nyong’o (Nikita), Danai Gurira (Okeye), and Angela Bassett (Ramonda) among others. Angela Bassett delivers a very strong performance as T’Challa’s mother, winning my vote as best supporting actor/actress!
All in all, what did I think? As a person with no interest in comic books whatsoever, it left a bit to be desired when the backstory is concerned. It didn’t take enough away from the movie for me to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Did it live up to the hype? It definitely did for me. The cast brought their A-game to the table and didn’t let one moment of footage go to waste. The action sequences and fight scenes were exactly what would expect from a Marvel movie, so no complaints there. Overall, I enjoyed the movie! But don’t take my work for it, head to a theatre near you and see if you agree with my review!