Black Panther Review

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Plotline: –

T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to Wakanda after his father’s death to succeed him as the king. With new challenges and unknown secrets lurking around, how will T’Chala fight against the odds?

Positive Points: –

  • Rest aside, the action sequences are beyond amazing! Doesn’t matter if the characters are fighting using some hi-fi technology or just clashing their swords and spears, the choreography of the same has been top-notch.
  • All actors have delivered first-rate performances and the film surprisingly gives everyone his or her space amply in its runtime.
  • Let’s not forget the amazing visual effects that are embodied in Black Panther’s premise which ameliorate its 3D visual experience.

Negative Points: –

  • Here’s a superhero who in his mantle can’t be hurt by any freaking weapon and his kinetic energy storing technique makes him far more invincible. He can even bring down fighter plans and similar entities in a whim. Can you still make an action sequence where this mantled character is under a threat? Yes, you can but the ‘Y’, ’e’ and ‘s’ were probably all silent for the makers.
  • Everytime you see a typical superhero flick, you are enthralled for the next couple of hours atleast because of the grandeur and high-octane actions that you just witnessed. Black Panther has everything required to make it grand and enjoyable, yet I felt hollow after it ended! Why? A hollow script!?
  • The film does justice to neither of its villains. Both could have made better characters in future and the movie fails to capitalise on that.
  • Okay now years ago, Wakandans were blessed with Vibranium and they hardly traded it with anyone. Then someone consumes some herb and becomes Black Panther. All of this makes them physically strong no doubt but technologically??? So how could Wakandans become such advanced species when it comes to technology? If the presence of a metal or mineral or so would make someone so advanced, then Indians and Africans would be ruling the world instead. There’s no way that Wakandans could get so much money and knowledge to build up all of that especially by staying aloof from the world!

Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –

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It’s not quite easy to find any nettling entity in Ryan Coogler’s direction and minor mistakes can always be overlooked. The problem lies in the hollowness of Coogler’s screenplay (co-written with Joe Robert Cole) which doesn’t fully capitalise on the potentials of its antagonists and has enough inconsistencies to disgruntle the audience. Not just Black Panther’s invincibility and his ability to store the kinetic energy and revert it back, but the annoyance and dissatisfaction exists in the entire idea of a hi-tech city named Wakanda which stays detached from the world, with no plausible explanation of their developed nature. How did they get the money and the knowledge to build such a glorious empire? The only reasoning provided is shouldered upon Vibranium which seems like a metal that can do almost anything in the world!

On the positive side the writers have ensured a proper screen space to almost every important character but on the negative side they fail to do so with the film’s villains. It also seemed they were confused as to whether they were to present Killmonger as an antagonist or an anti-hero because the latter would have been more challenging to T’Challa. Adding to the misery was the indecisiveness exhibited by the makers in deciding whether to showcase Black Panther as a family-drama or an action-superhero film or a film about racism. However, I appreciate the incorporation of African tribal culture into the storyline which albeit bizarre, was a likeable addition to the superhero cinematic world.

As mentioned earlier, the action sequences were first-rate and became even more interesting when the characters fought without their mantles. The visual effects were splendidly done and Rachel Morrison’s cinematography along with Ludwig Göransson’s music acted like icing on the cake. The editing job was also well executed.

Performances: –

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It’s really difficult to point out the best performer in the lot for every actor was in form during the entire runtime of the film.

Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett; all have delivered with extreme perfection in their respective roles. Forest Whitaker gives a heart-rendering and powerful performance

Letitia Wright as Shuri makes a strong impact among the heavyweights mentioned above and her confrontation to Tony Stark in future movies would be a visual spectacle. Winston Duke is both humorous and sound in his act. Michael B. Jordan doesn’t shy away from going over the top as Killmonger but he surely does impress.

Andy Serkis makes a fiery and fiendish appearance as one of the antagonists of the film.

Final Verdict: –

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Black Panther is no ho-hum and can be actually enjoyed casually. The film in its attempt to achieve a lot in its over-ambitious pursuit, obliterates the impact it could have had potentially. It’s action sequences, technicalities and performances do help in maintaining the fun but it’s hollowness and treatment to its antagonists lets us down at the same time. Not to forget a lot of stupidity and unexplained things that are left behind for the audience to gobble up without reasoning. I feel sorry to say this but, Marvel just went the DC way with Black Panther!

RATING: 2.5/5

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