By Mohammed Ashraful Alam (London)


The long awaited film adaption of the Black Panther has finally arrived to the big screens and it delivered exceptionally.

The film takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War where T’Challa (Played By Chadwick Boseman) returns to his home of Wakanda to be named king but things start to fall apart as he learns that his long lost cousin Erik Killmonger (Played By Michael B. Jordon) emerges from the shadow and challenges him for the thrown.

The film had me engaged from the first scene right to the last as the action started immediately showing a rather energetic and heart pumping fight scene between the Black Panther and the rebel soldiers. This was amazing to see especially due to the fact that we never really got an in-depth look at Black Panther’s character in Civil War. The action continued throughout the film from a midnight chase scene in Tokyo to a brutal one on one fight scene between T’Challa and Killmonger and the one thing they all had in common was a beautiful set piece scenery adding more emotion to the action scene especially when it came down to the fight for the thrown.

The portrayal of T’Challa by Chadwick Boseman was absolutely brilliant, Boseman showed a side of a Marvel character we have yet to see in the other MCU movies. The fact that we know the Black Panther can do incredible things seemed unlikely the character was going through the burden of living up to the mantel of a king but, that’s what drives the movie onwards to success as this is an obstacle he must overcome to win back his thrown and people which really made the movie feel relatable and realistic. Other than Bosman’s amazing performance.

There were other actors who embraced their characters to perfection such as Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Forest Whitaker but the one that stood out the most was Michael B. Jordon’s portrayal of the bloodthirsty yet pitiful Erik Killmonger. The fact that we got a villain who was related to the protagonist made the film feel very personal and emotional especially due to the fact that we didn’t know how to feel about Erik Killmonger as he is a violent and out of control but on the other had we feel sorry for him as he is doing this for the revenge of his father who was murdered by the previous king of Wakanda. This truly demonstrated why the best villain is the one that could have been a hero.

Ryan Coogler does an excellent job executing the visual look of Wakanda as it looks completely stimulating and stunning creating a fresh new action set piece rather than your traditional and conventional action set pieces we are used to. Add the fact that Coogler included an all-Black cast that really shows the innovation and Pride of the African culture that we have never seen before makes everything feel heartwarming and new.

This film is one for the ages as it brings a beloved comic book character and turns it into a masterpiece. This film has it all, a great story which consist of family, revenge, new hero who creates such passion and emotion, a villain we love and hate at the same time and finally a visually stimulating scenery which captures the beauty of the world. I highly rate this as one of Marvel’s best movie yet and would indefinitely recommend to watch more than once.

It’s a 9/10 from me!

Rating: 5/5



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