REVIEW BY HAMZA POONAWALA
The last time we saw the Black Panther, it was in Captain America: Civil War, and the minute I saw him, I had a million questions running through my head. Such as “Who is he?”, “What are his origins?”, “How is his entire suit fully bullet proof?”, and so on and so forth. Well folks, this film does not only answer those questions, it leaves me with more, and in awe. Black Panther is one of the best Marvel films till date, and if you want to know why, keep reading.
The story begins with the origins of Wakanda, a technologically advanced nation, and the Black Panther, who is the protector of this country. Fast forward to present time, where Prince T’Challa, son of King T’Chaka, is about to ascend the throne, after his father’s death in the events of Civil War. However, a mercenary known by the name Erik “Killmonger”, poses a threat to not only to the throne, but Wakanda as well.
One thing that Black Panther does brilliantly, is its characters, and I mean women only. All the women characters in this film have been portrayed brilliantly. Shuri being one of them. Shuri is T’Challa’s little sister, and is the mind behind all his gadgets. Not only is she the brains, her witty one liners are something that the viewer looks forward to, and after any event, I was always sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for her to say something.
Okoye is another character that was fantastically portrayed. She is shown as a strong, powerful, and self-reliant character, who is loyal to the throne. All the best fight sequences in the film include her. From the casino in Korea, to the final battle, each scene shows her fearless, no matter how many people are up against her.
Another thing that this film has done well is its villain. Michael B. Jordan has acted splendidly as Killmonger. Finally, Marvel has given us a villain who actually has a legitimate motive. In the past, we have had villains like Ultron who turned evil to achieve “World Peace”, and Cross in Ant Man, because he wants to live up to his mentor. Basically, they all turn evil because of something they want, and they turn evil by choice. In this film, Killmonger is a product of people’s past actions. He didn’t have a choice. He was forced into a life of violence since he was a child. Therefore, his motives of him wanting to be king are justified. Along with that, he is shown as a ruthless character, who uses a simple tactic to achieve his goals, divide and conquer.
One thing I would have wanted more in this film, is more emotion from our hero, Black Panther. Not saying he didn’t do a good job, but throughout the film, he is shown as a very straightforward person, with not much life in him as a character.
To conclude, Black Panther is a spectacular film, with stunning fight scenes, brilliant characters, and a well-developed story. Knowing that this is the last Marvel film before Avengers: Infinity War, it also sets up the events for that film, as we know from the trailers. It is a must see, and in my opinion, one of the best Marvel Films till date.
REVIEW BY THE Y FACTOR:
Definitely after Ant Man and Dr. Strange, here is another Marvel film with more heart and story than just pizzaz.
Some good performances by Jordan, Freeman, Angela Bassett, Lupita, Gurira, Whitaker and Serkis.
Is it one of the better MARVEL films of the lot, definitely, YES! Is it one of the BEST? I leave that, my dear reader, for you to DECIDE.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
RATING : 4/5