Yesterday I got Black Panther on Blu-Ray and I was so excited. The movie has become such a worldwide phenomenon that it’s literally still in theaters over three months into its box-office run and it has become one of the best critiqued superhero films of all time. So I figured on my second viewing Black Panther would be even greater than I remembered…. It wasn’t.
When the movie first started I was totally pumped. I was excited to hear the music, get reacquainted with the story and the characters, and be surprised by all of the scenes that I had forgotten. And as I watched the two hour and fourteen minute film the longer the movie ran the more bored I became until the point where I was legitimately waiting for the film to end. The incredible score and Erik Killmonger are the only things that made this movie enjoyable for me yesterday. T’Challa wasn’t as cool as I remembered, the story, while it is very well written and well thought out, isn’t very rewatchable, the action was surprisingly boring, and oh my goodness, the CGI was horrendous. The major battle scene at the end was so poorly done that it looked more like a highly realistic game rather than a something I could imagine being real.
Now like I said before the music is absolutely beautiful and really helps infuse the film with a cultural essence that helped make the movie incredible. And Erik Killmonger, wow, Michael B. Jordan took this character and ran with it. Erik was such a compelling character you really forget about T’Challa for a small while. I’m not saying his character was in the right in the movie, he truly was a monster consumed by hatred and revenge, but at least when he was on the screen the movie got REALLY good.
I’m not saying the movie is bad. It’s a wonderfully made film that focuses not on just fictional ideas but real world struggles for people of color but is it the best Marvel film I have ever seen? Not really. In fact, after watching it again I realized that Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, and Captain America: Civil War were all better movies. Not only can I watch all of these other films multiple times and still enjoy them thoroughly but they’re just…better. The action scenes in those movies are much more enjoyable, the stories are fun and compelling, and I just love those films more.
I’m still excited to see all of the behind-the-scenes featurettes though and I’m super happy to own this movie now. It just happened to not be as great as I thought it would end up being.
Don’t let me discourage you from watching the movie though. If you haven’t watched the film yet, I highly advise you to because it is very, very good indeed and undoubtedly one of the best Marvel films ever made and this is just my opinion.
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