Black Panther

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T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

FILM

Let me say from the very beginning this is a great movie.  It is by far the most political movie Marvel has made.  There are strong references to today’s world when you here characters say things like, “great leaders build bridges not barriers.”  Yet it never ventures too far into becoming preachy with its political message.

Another great thing about this film is there are NO token female characters.  Every female role in this film has a backstory and women are never used as simply a prop to facilitate the lead males story.  Okoye, who is the leader of Wakanda’s special forces unit (which is all female) is not played as an asexual warrior, but like a strong black woman who is also loved by a rival tribe leader.

The story here is rich and enticing and I found myself wanting to learn more about the beautiful land of Wakanda and its five tribes.  Each of them play a role in the synergy of the country and the mountain tribe was by far the most intriguing.

The villain of the story, Micheal B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic Four) just might be the best villain Marvel has ever come up with.  He is believable, strong and even sympathetic at times.  He makes Loki seem like a caricature in comparison.  Jordan’s character has convictions and he believes what he is doing is right, which always makes for a more believable story.

FAITH

African spirituality plays a strong part in this film.  The belief that our ancestors (Lion King) go before us and set in the unseen realm to help guide us is a driving force in this movie.

The pacing, editing, sound, score are all excellent and I would not be surprised if this movie knocks it out of the park in theatres around the world.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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