‘BLACK PANTHER’ REVIEW: Black-African cast takes Marvel universe by storm

When it comes to rivalries, bragging rights is what is sought. 2018 has so far seen Marvel and DC universe trade blows at each other based on the movies released by the two giants.

Marvel released Thor: Ragnarok; which took the box office by storm. DC went on to match the same with the release of Justice League which received huge ratings on it’s premier.

However, it would seem as if Marvel eventually landed the last blow and had the last laugh following the premier of Black Panther. The much anticipated movie made it’s premier in cinemas in Kenya on February 16 and crowds made their way to movie theaters in droves.

Black Panther has been ranked the best Marvel movie so far, ousting Captain America: Civil war which has held the top spot for the past year.

The movie was directed by Ryan Coogler, who has been credited for being deeply “passionate about the black culture” in his films.

Coogler, who also directed Creed, incorporates the black and African traditional culture into an epic set showcasing the supreme and utterly dominant nature of the Wakanda nation.

The movie opens with the history of how vibranium came into being and how the first Black Panther got his special abilities.

The graphics incorporated in the opening scene and the entire movie depicts how Marvel have gone out of their way to ensure that their closest rivals DC have a lot to think about when releasing their next movie.

The flying ships and the advancement of technology in Wakanda show the potential that black people can better what the Europeans have done by a milestone.

The brains behind the technology in Wakanda is Shuri (Letitia Wright) whose character signifies how much fun she had executing her role. If you asked me, of the entire cast, she was the only one who seemed to actually be doing more than just acting.

The fact that Wakanda was never influenced by the European world shows that as black people we can do just fine without the help of the Europeans. The makers of the film incorporate both fiction and reality, making them blend so well in terms of showing how black women are both strong and brave.

The character of Nakia (Lupita Ny’ongo), shows a brave, determined lady who both loves Wakanda and T’challa and is willing to give her life for the two. This drives the passion between the two in the movie; showing a pivotal role of how strong love is.

The Dora Milaji, an elite all-female group of warriors, led by their general Okoye (Dania Gurira), showcase loyalty. They are devoted to the throne irrespective of who sits on it. The female warriors have shaven heads and special skills that strike fear into their enemies.

Many people might mistake the Dora Milaji as a copycat of the Amazonians by DC Universe, but that is not the case as the two are different in so many ways with the significant difference being that one is a country of female warriors while the other is an elite team that offers protection to the throne.

Coogler does justice with Killmonger’s (Michael B Jordan) character and T’challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) character as they both bring their roles to life. The two play their role so well, you are left confused on who to love or hate.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

The use of African attires shows the in depth research done by the team behind the making of the movie. This is something so many black and African people wanted to see in a movie that would eventually come to make history.

To go with the attire, the use of various accents makes the movie more dynamic in that one doesn’t have to keep listening to only two accents from start to end.

The use of the Nigerian accent complements Mbaku’s (Winston Duke’s) character that depicts him as a tough warrior with a touch of humour.

The sound track All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar and SZA that is used at the end of the film captures the epitome of this amazing movie in many ways and makes one wish Wakanda wasn’t a fictional country.

The fact that Black Panther keeps everyone both glued and at the edge of their seats, speaks volumes of how this movie has no lows. This is one movie that will make the audience go back to the theaters for more and more screenings and the feeling will always be as if it’s the first time someone is watching it.

Black Panther becomes the best black African production and it will take something special to knock this movie off its new perch.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this piece are entirely those of the writer and do not, in any way, reflect those of eDaily.)

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