Movie Review: The BLACK PANTHER Hype is Accurate - This Movie Rocks
Anticipation for Black Panther has reached a fevered pitch as of late, boosted by its 98% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score. I've been anxious to see the film for myself, and I was beginning to get nervous. Was I building up Black Panther to the point where I would be underwhelmed with what is ultimately on the screen? Rest assured: the hype is justified. Black Panther is really that good. In the pantheon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther may very well be the best of the solo films.
Chadwick Boseman stars as T'Challa, the king of Wakanda. This fictional country is hidden from the rest of the world due to its wealth and vast resources of the precious metal Vibranium, which can be processed to do everything from power spacecrafts to quickly heal the wounded. When T'Challa learns that smuggler Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and his partner Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) are attempting to sell stolen Vibranium in South Korea, T'Challa sets off as Black Panther to retrieve the stolen goods and bring justice to his people. This sets into motion a story of betrayal and loss.
Between Fruitvale Station, Creed, and now Black Panther, writer/director Ryan Coogler has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. He's only 31 years old, and he has thus far not made a bad film. I look forward to his future projects, since he is so great at juggling character depth with strong action. The cast is exceptional, particularly Michael B. Jordan. His Erik Killmonger becomes one of the most sympathetic villains in the MCU.
Black Panther takes its time to build out Wakanda as well as to establish its characters. It is the rare superhero movie where its story is equally as important as the action presented. If Captain America, Thor and Iron Man are retired after the next two Avengers films, I will not be as disappointed, because there will still be more Black Panther films.