MOVIE REVIEW: Black Panther // marvel has my love back

blackpantherTitle: Black Panther
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Length: 2 hr 15 min
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Language: English
Source: Watched in Theaters

Synopsis: T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.

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I finally caught up with the rest of the world and watched Black Panther! I have been excited for this movie ever since I heard about it before Captain America Civil War came out. Before I even saw T’Challa on screen I was highly anticipating this movie for many reasons, but most-notably because this is the first time a black superhero has gotten his own solo movie. That, and I love panthers and the Africa setting isn’t something you see every day in a Hollywood movie.

Because of my high expectations I was, as expected, a bit worried that the movie wouldn’t fill those expectations. Literally everybody and their mother and their father and their dog was raving about this book, and guess what?

These high expectations were exceeded. That’s right. Black Panther exceeded the sky-high expectations I had for it, which seems impossible, but this is a movie that is truly breaking barriers. Who said that we can’t have a black superhero with his own movie? Because given the amazingness of this movie, we should have more superheroes of color with their own solo movies. Just saying, it’d be amazing.

Oh yeah, this movie is the ninth highest-grossing movie of ALL TIME! It surpassed Titanic. Leo DiCaprio is shaking in his boots.

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Now onto my actual review haha! The casting, costumes, visual effects, script, everything was brilliant about this movie. I really don’t think I have anything bad to say if I’m being completely honest.

Something I think this movie did really well is balancing everything, whether it be the political intrigue, history of Wakanda, family dynamics, fighting sequences, etc. I don’t think any Marvel movie thus far has been able to masterfully balance everything so well.

One of my favorite parts of the movie would have to be, without a doubt, the action scenes. Marvel movies always have the best action scenes sorry not sorry dc and this movie was definitely no exception. I mean – just look.

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There were also an amazing cast of female characters. I’m starting to get my trust with Marvel back because they’re treating their female characters right and not just using them as plot points/love interests. I definitely loved how Wakanda has an army of female warriors, which is so cool! It’s made even better because the actress that plays Michonne in The Walking Dead is the leader of this army.

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Something else that I absolutely loved about this movie is the way African culture was incorporated. But, since Wakanda is a fictional country, nothing could be the same as other African countries that already exist. So, it was really cool to see how Marvel tackled this and I think that all of the African American cast/crew definitely helped with making Wakanda’s history as rich as it was portrayed in the movie.

It had been a while since I watched a Marvel movie. I skipped Thor Ragnorak so Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was the last Marvel movie I saw in theaters. I used to be the biggest Marvel fan but the last year or so I’ve kind of fallen back with my Marvel consumption but this movie made me fall in love with Marvel all over again.

Before I finish this review, I also saw Infinity War. I held a poll on Twitter to see if y’all were interested in a review of that and most everybody said yes so I’ll be writing a (non-spoiler, don’t worry, I’m not a monster) review as soon as possible!

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My Rating: 5 Stars

I can’t see myself giving this masterpiece anything less than five stars to be completely honest. I don’t see any flaws – like – at all. Usually I have at least one thing to say but nope! okay maybe there could have been some kpop when they traveled to korea but that’s just wishful thinking on my part I highly recommend this movie to pretty much anybody because it was such a wonderful movie and I loved seeing POC getting the spotlight they deserve.

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oh and i love shuri

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49 thoughts on “MOVIE REVIEW: Black Panther // marvel has my love back

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  3. Ah I LOVE Marvel but I’m so behind on Black Panther (and Infinity War for that matter), but I’ve heard so many good things so I hope to see it VERY, VERY soon 🙂 Thanks for the review, which made me want to see it even more 😉

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  4. I finally got to see this movie and it was amazing!!! I love every about it especially the strong female characters and T’Challa’s bond with his little sister. It has made its way to one of my top favorite Marvel movies.

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  5. Ahh, I’m glad you enjoyed the movie as well! I loved it myself as well and you’re right- it definitely lived up to my expectations. There were absolutely NO gaps or anything to make you have a question, because it was all planned out so strategically. My favorite character was definitely Shuri, she was just so funny!
    Great post!

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    • thebookprophet

      My favorite would have to be either Okoye or Shuri for sure. They were both so kick butt!! I loved that aspect of Shuri, she was treated as an equal which I think is such a great thing to see.

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  6. WHAT DO YOU YOU MEAN YOU SKIPPED RAGNORAK??? SAVANNAH. THAT MOVIE IS SO FREAKING AWESOME.

    Like, I knew I would love Black Panther becuase everything we had gotten pre-release was so, so good and promising so I had zero worries about loving this movie. But Ragnorak? Yeah, no. I did watch the previous two Thor movies but I never got attached to Thor as a character to really care too much about him? Not even with the Avengers movies most of the time but Thor after Ragnorak? SIGN ME UP FOR ANY POTENTIAL FUTURE MOVIES STARRING CHRIS HEMSWORTH AS POST!RAGNORAK THOR.

    But yes, Black Panther is a masterpiece. A MASTERPIECE. I loved this movie to bits and everything Ryan Coogler did to make this movie what it is today definitely worked out perfectly! And the fact that he and his team drew so much inspiration from various African nations when creating their world feels like a fantastic shoutout to the contitent while still making Wakanda itself stand on its own as a fictional country. And YES to the female warriors! They are so badass! I can’t wait to see what the sequel is gonna give us on these characters and Nakia and Shuri!

    Fantastic review and I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Infinity War! *still in denial about THAT ending*

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  7. I don’t think there was a single thing about this movie that I didn’t like either! When Wakanda first came into view, I got chills! It was so freaking beautiful and the characters so amazing. Killmonger is one of my favourite villains now and I just adore Shuri and Okoye more than anything, although the entire cast was badass to no end. Also, I will never get tired of the tolkien white guy jokes for Freeman and Serkis haha

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    • thebookprophet

      Yes omg, me too!! We didn’t get to see it in Civil War so seeing it for the first time took my breath away. Killmonger was a great villian – he had a tragic past and was a morally grey character that I liked watching. Shuri and Okoye are the real MVPs I love them so much!! Same lol I laughed so hard 😀

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      • Exactly! Killmonger was the kind of three dimensional “villain” that you really love to watch, because it just isn’t that black or white. But of course the women were the shining stars in the movie and I am so happy about that ❤

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  8. Glad you loved the movie! You mentioned everything I really enjoyed in the movie! I also thought that t h e m u s i c was awesome. Especially during the car chase scene, it was like watching a car advertisement 😂.

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