Some people have said that all superhero movies are the same. They think it will just have a good guy fighting a bad guy, with the same inevitable outcome, with no real substance. That is something that has not been true throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is especially untrue in “Black Panther”.
While there is plenty of incredible action, the most powerful part of this movie is its substance. The real accomplishment is that they are able to do this without it feeling like it is being forced on you. The writing is done extremely well, with seamless transitions in and out of the action and dialogue.
Director Ryan Coogler seems to be a big fan of sweeping camera shots during the fight scenes. This gives a unique perspective to the events of the film. Many times, if multiple heroes are fighting, the camera pans from one fight to the other, and back again. You really get a feel for them being along side each other rather than the constant cutting back and forth. You can tell they are fighting simultaneously.
The writing was also up there with some of the best in the MCU. The story never really lost its flow. There are one or two points where the dialogue almost gets to the point where you want to get back to the action, but not quite. It helps that there doesn't seem to be much extra speaking. Everything said ties right into the story the filmmakers are telling you.
The acting was terrific. The producers hit it out of the park with pretty much every casting choice. Chadwick Boseman brings our main character, T'Challa, to life in a very convincing manner. There are many movies about princes becoming kings, and there are many movies about superheroes. There are not, however, many movies about one person being both of those. While everything we have seen so far of the Black Panther has been directly connected to his home country of Wakanda, it will be interesting to see the character develop in the future movies such as “Avengers: Infinity Wars”.
Of course, World Wide Blog of Movies is happy to see Lupita Nyong'o in the film. In October 2013, our founder, Jeremy, interviewed her as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange, 12 Years A Slave) and Alfre Woodard (Captain America: Civil War, 12 Years A Slave) at the Red Carpet Premiere of “12 Years A Slave” in New Orleans. Take a look at that right here.
Marvel continues to up their game with the visual effects in each film. This is certainly no exception. One thing that begins to happen is that they seem to be stretching the concept of believable physics. Of course, many things that happen in the movies are beyond current abilities in the real world, but ever since “Iron Man” they have been able to show things in a way that make you think that would be how it would happen if it was really possible. However, some of the tech introduced here doesn't fit in with that as much. That isn't to say it's bad, it's just different. Although, with the upcoming movies being about the team fighting a big purple space tyrant, I guess they do want a transition into movie of comic book laws of physics.
“Black Panther” is certainly another win for Marvel. Jeremy would undoubtedly call it “Amazing”. Please take a minute and let us know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments. Please keep it family friendly and NO SPOILERS!!
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