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Movie Review: 'Black Panther' in a new light and appreciation

Movie Review: 'Black Panther' in a new light and appreciation

Before I get into my movie review this week- I just want to say I am shocked to my core by the news of Chadwick Boseman’s passing.

I saw the news on my Facebook feed and initially thought it was fake but to my horror when I did some google research it was the truth.

The 43-year-old actor famous for portraying Jackie Robinson in ‘42’ and T’Challa in Black Panther died from cancer.

Boseman not only played heroes in the movies he was a hero to many across the globe.

I was spoiled growing up white. I could go see any movie and see someone that looked like me in a main role. Boseman was an inspiration, a role model and an icon to many African Americans and other minorities.

I will end this soapbox with one of my favorite quotes from Boseman.

“You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure,” he said.

So to start things off, Black Panther is one of my favorite Marvel Movies. The soundtrack masterfully complements the plot, the characters are interesting and the film does a good job of making the audience ponder the world around them.

The Black Panther costume was already spectacular in the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe but in ‘Black Panther’ the suit gets a tech upgrade that makes for stunning action sequence and visuals.

Killmonger portrayed by Michael B. Jordan provides an interesting foil to T’Challa played by Boseman. Killmonger’s father was murdered by the previous Black Panther and left alone to fend for himself in America as a young African American.

If you have lived under a rock and have not seen this movie the plot follows the typical kind of superhero arc on the surface at least.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

There is so much more to this film than the action sequences.

I honestly find Killmonger’s journey just as compelling as the titular superhero’s journey. To go from a kid who looked up to the sky and saw hope floating away on a technologically advanced aircraft to end up finally seeing the Wakanda sunsets as an adult on his last breath was an emotionally powerful visual.

Letitia Wright as Shuri, T’Challas little sister was great and perhaps the smartest character in the marvel universe and has me hopeful for the future of the franchise.

What is impressive to me is the fact Boseman packed on the muscle for this role while battling cancer and provided one of the better performances in a solo superhero movie.

Movies that are reviewed by me will be on a scale of one bucket of popcorn to five buckets of popcorn. “Black Panther” earns a five out of five buckets of popcorn for being a genre breaking film and showcasing Boseman full abilities as an actor.

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