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.

The Humor

Another aspect of the film that I actually was surprised to see in this movie was its humorous side. I knew this was going to be one of the more serious Marvel films to date but I was pleasantly surprised to see them incorporate that laugh-out-loud humor that Marvel has become so good at doing. I mean, there were some legitimately hilarious moments in the film and that’s always fun.

The Music

Oh my goodness, the score for this movie was amazing. One of the things I was worried about was whether this film was going to have a decent musical score or not and they made sure Black Panther would have such an incredible score you’d find yourself wanting to dance at certain points in the movie.

They really outdid themselves with the music as they paid homage to the ethnicity of Black Panther by having hip-hop and African elements to some of the music while also sticking to that heroic Marvel vibe at the same time. I loved it.

The Visuals

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther (2018)

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen, period. The cinematography was gorgeous, director Ryan Coogler provided some interesting shots that helped elevate the movie while also conveying the situation of the story in certain moments, and it simply was a beautiful film because Wakanda is a fascinatingly gorgeous place that I wish really existed. If Wakanda was real I would’ve been bought myself a ticket there. 🙂

My Conclusion of the Film

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

I knew this movie was going to be good but it surpassed my wildest expectations. I mean not only was this film’s story impeccably told from start to finish but this movie possessed a lot of emotion as well. I think there were at least five points in the movie where I nearly busted out crying, especially one part in particular but if I talked about it I would be delving into some deep spoiler territory so I’ll leave it there. This is the first Marvel film that I’ve ever watched where I had to literally keep myself from crying on more than one occasion. The movie’s that good.

What would I give the movie, you might ask? Well, I’ll give the film 4.8 out of 5 stars and a 98 out of 100. While the film is practically perfect there were some eensy-weensy imperfections that I found in the movie but overall it is definitely one of the best superhero movies I have ever seen and it’s a great film to be the first major black Marvel superhero movie.

If you’ve seen Black Panther already I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and if you’re going to go see this movie for the first time this weekend enjoy! It’s a really fantastic movie.

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

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