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Black Panther was So Great That I Forgot to Take Notes

That’s not hyperbole. I was so drawn in by this movie that I completely forgot I was supposed to take notes. Luckily, it was so good that I remember everything.

I’m going to write as spoiler-free of a review as I can because you should absolutely see this movie. It is beautifully shot, a wonderful story and is such a great experience.

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) Ph: Matt Kennedy ©Marvel Studios 2018

At its heart, Black Panther is a coming of age story, following T’Challa (brilliantly portrayed by Chadwick Boseman) who is tasked with taking the mantle of king after the events of Captain America: Civil War; and deals with choosing between the way Wakandans have traditionally done things (because they are actually so technologically advanced, they portray themselves as a poor Third World Country and do not share their advancements with the world); and being more open to the outside world.

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

The other main conflict of the movie involves Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, who Michael B. Jordan absolutely nails. I don’t want to spoil his role, but you can really feel the motivations and pain of the character in the role, especially in a really wonderful moment in the third act.

One thing that works so well for Black Panther is the overall lack of connectivity to the MCU. The only real required watching is Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Age of Ultron, making it far more accessible, while also not hindering the plot. The movie is able to stay focused on T’Challa and his story, which is a nice breath of fresh air.

The major crossover comes from Everett Ross (Martin Freeman, reprising his role from CA: Civil War) and Uysses Klaue (Andy Serkis coming back from Avengers: Age of Ultron.) Outside from the two of them, there is not much crossover and you can go in fresh.

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

As somebody who hasn’t read many of the Black Panther comics, the experience of going in fresh was a nice change. You get to learn about all of the characters as Ryan Coogler excellently weaves the tapestry of the story together. The rich Wakandan history and characters like Okoye, the head of the guard, Nakia; T’Challa’s former love and current War Dog, and T’Challa’s sister Princess Shuri, who is the head of the Wakandan Technology.

The movie focuses on character and story, and is a bit light on the action scenes. It does solve the problem that I have with most Marvel Movies – their weak villains and weak third act. Black Panther overcomes both in its main villain Killmonger and his excellent plot and development, and by the conflict between T’Challa and Killmonger.

There’s not much I can say other than to absolutely see this movie. I don’t want to spoil it. It’s great and probably one of the best, if not Marvel’s best movie. It’s so wonderful, and you need to see it as soon as you can.

JC Brown
JC didn’t even think about writing a bio until his article was due. What can you say right before a deadline? JC grew up in a small town, and quickly became the resident geek, spewing off random facts about movies, comics and Power Rangers to whoever would listen. Currently residing in Southern Oregon, JC still spends his days doing much of the same (though he has disposable income to buy cosplays and go to conventions). JC recently started collecting Pop Vinyls and his friends and family, concerned at the immovable wall of them, are currently planning an intervention.

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