Black Panther (2018)
King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
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This was the first Marvel movie I had watched in over 4 years, and man did I hate it. I've always hated marvel movies, because of how predictable and boring the stories are. I mean, sure, they're well made movies, but holy crap. Why do people find these entertaining? All marvel movies play out the exact same. Introduce the protagonist, then the antagonist, insignificant stuff happens, a character "dies" then comes back, the 2 fight at the end, then all is well. Repeat 20 times with a different skin. This movie was no exception. I don't care that the almost the entire movie is black, I actually think that's awesome. I wish we had more movies that did this. My issue is this movie follows the formula to a T. It was just so boring. I will say, I did like a couple of things they did. I liked the costume and set design. They were amazing. Music was also nice. It was something different. The villains in this movie were also a little better than your standard marvel, but still not anywhere near the level of other villains in different movies. I've heard some people say the villain was very relatable, but he just seemed a bit too forced to me. Not to mention the political messages were so in your face it was ridiculous. *Spoiler* When Michael B Jordan's character said something like "there are thousands of black people everywhere that need help" or whatever, it was just so on the nose that it was ridiculous. What they could have done instead is maybe show more of what is wrong with black society, maybe show a bit more of the villain as he grew up. Let us see something like that. That way we can empathize with him. See what he struggled with. Because otherwise, he's just a villain. And that's all there is to it. *Spoiler End*Overall, just another cliche marvel movie with a different skin. Although this one is maybe just a tad better than the others, it still has the same weaknesses. If you like marvel, you'll like this. If you're like me, you'll hate it. If I had to recommend it to somebody, I'd say don't watch it. It was awful.
As I scroll through mixed reviews, I cannot see what people didn't enjoy about BLACK PANTHER. Every character was uniquely memorable, which is more than can be said for a lot superhero movies. They are all fantastic additions to the Marvel movie universe. Marvel triumphs with BLACK PANTHER, which beautifully blends elements from African and African-American culture into all the ingredients that make an amazing action film: a noble hero who has as much to prove to himself as others, a villian who is as charismatic as he is evil, and an alluring, magical setting complete with out-of-this-world technology. Plus, the movie has an awesome soundtrack and score, both of which I now listen to on my own time. I believed bad reviews to be accurate, until I actually went to see the movie and judge it for myself. I sat in the theater, completely engaged, waiting for the movie to get bad. However, it never did, and it kept me hooked til the last scene. I will watch it a thousand more times and still have my eyes glued to the screen.
Short Review - I personally liked it after watching thrice. The simple plot & the emotional factors were good but after seeing Rotten Tomatoes giving 98% and Metacritic giving 88 I was unflattered. Yeah it's a good movie but no near The Dark Knight. Visuals sucks (comparing it's budget) & so many plot holes. It's a good movie but not the best superhero movie.
Black Panther is one of the worst films Marvel Entertainment have ever released. This was a film made around a cool character in Captain America 3: Civil War, and it was made for two reasons: A.) To pander to SJW-BLM types, B.) To explain the country of Wakanda for Infinity War. It met aim A.) very well...didn't meet B.) very well however. To expand on why it didn't; allow me to explain. Black Panther barely explores the nation of Wakanda, it briefly mentions how the became a technological powerhouse, yet doesn't explain why the properties of vibranium were so potent and how they discovered this. Character's like Tony Stark would have studied vibranium based off of Caps. shield. This is silly, and only proceeds to establish the priorities of the writers; that being to create characters that can pander to the audience. This was effectively the first 5 minutes of the film. Just to give you perspective on how utterly incompetent it is. Later on in the film we're told about how the Black Panther gets his power. It's is granted through a special plant...a plant that only one person is allowed to use...which is the most stupid thing I've ever heard. It's stupid for two main reasons: A.) Why would you not grant all of your soldiers the special flower-power? They would effectively become an unstoppable fighting force. Wakanda Warrior (Teechalla or something like that) is useless without it; illustrating how powerful it can make a mere weakling. B.) If the answer to A.) is along the lines of "Giving too many people the flower-power would decrease the significance of the Black Panther" you would be correct. It is clearly done for plot reasons, as without the flower power; Wakanda Warrior would be useless. However, my question would then be; Why, if Wakandan Scientists have shown an innate ability to manipulate resources that possess unique properties, have the Wakanda scientists been unable to either: Strengthen the potency of the Flower-power, thus giving the Black Panther even greater abilities over the foot soldiers, or make a weakened version; thus also maintaining the Black Panther's superiority. Either of those make far greater sense than simply restricting it to one member of society. This incompetence then also brings into question whether or not Wakandan people are actually intelligent, or if it was just done for plot reasons...do you see my point yet? Thus far the film has explained a version of Wakanda that does not exist in Infinity War, it is a nation of Plot Armour, Lazy writing, and unintelligent scientists (or writers). This trend continues to occur with the rest of the film, failing to explain how advancements in vibranium led to shield cloaks. The film is simply ridiculous, and the only thing it did successfully was pander to it's audience. Congratulations I guess. Don't watch it, don't support it in any way; else you are simply telling the writers to make more poorly written films like this in future instalments. What a waste of my time..