A Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Black Panther’

I watched Black Panther yesterday and I’m still reveling in how good the movie was. In fact, I watched Captain America: Civil War last night, which is something I haven’t done in over a year, because Black Panther was so great I wanted to look back at how T’Challa was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the movie had such an impact on me I woke up still thinking about brilliantly fantastic the film was. So, while the movie is still fresh in my mind, here’s my spoiler-free review.

The Story

Black Panther (2018)

Everything about this film worked. The story was one of the best I’ve seen in Marvel so far. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next while also clarifying earlier scenes in the movie that, if left untouched, would’ve left us viewers with some serious plot holes to try to fill.

The Characters

Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o in Black Panther (2018)

The characters were not only incredibly cool but they each had an essential part to play in the film. There was no one who could’ve been left out of the film. And Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of the villain, Erik Killmonger, was beyond what I expected, becoming an immediate favorite in the MCU. He definitely wasn’t your typical Marvel villain.

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One of my favorite things about a movie is when you can actually relate with the bad guy. It’s one of the reasons I like Kylo Ren so much and why this new Star Wars trilogy is so entertaining. If the villain is always someone you immediately want to root against then the story isn’t very complex but if the antagonist presents an argument that’s kind of understandable and makes you question the antics of the good guys that’s when a movie gets really interesting and Black Panther did this. If Erik Killmonger is any indication on the direction Marvel is heading villain-wise I’m all thumbs up.

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Watching ‘Jurassic World’ a Second Time

The other day I was a little bored and so I decided to watch Jurassic World, a movie I hadn’t seen since I watched it in the movie theaters three years ago, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. When I saw this film all those years ago I highly enjoyed it, from a monster movie perspective. The dinosaurs were scary, the action was riveting, and the movie was very, very loud. Then as I thought about the movie I found myself getting angry. Why did they never let the lady in the movie shed those heels?! It was kind of absurd and it was part of the reason I haven’t watched the movie since.

Well, when I watched it at home the other day I discovered that it actually wasn’t as bad as I remembered. In fact, it was actually kind of a really good movie. Of course, it wasn’t perfect but it was engaging, I was horrified at times, the music was amazing, and I constantly kept getting chills. I don’t get chills from movies unless the film is kind of really good and Jurassic World was definitely that.

I mean look at that dinosaur. This Indominus Rex (I think that’s what it’s called) is terrifying! I was petrified as it kept chomping people away and chasing the heroes of the movie. *shudder* I’m so glad dinosaurs are extinct.

Jurassic World (2015)

And at the end of the movie when the original T. Rex went to survey his island and then roared with his iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex cry (I’m getting chills right now just thinking about it) I was like, “Yeah, this is a good movie.”

I can now say that I’m legitimately excited for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It has the chance of maybe not being as good as its predecessor but I do know one thing that it will have that’s very enjoyable; lots and lots of roaring, people eating dinosaurs and that’s what is going to make the film a blast to watch in IMAX.

If you’ve never seen Jurassic World before I highly suggest you check it out. It’s a fantastic film to watch if you’re having a slightly boring day and you might need a good movie to watch. And it’ll get you ready for its sequel coming out later this year.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.