Black Panther

Feb 19, 18 Black Panther



T’Challa, 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.

Thanks to Marvel Australia & New Zealand




Going into this film I just assumed that this would be your average Marvel superhero film with some social commentary tacked on, but i was actually pleasantly surprised. This is a film that, for a superhero film, is fairly unique whilst still familiar to what we love about Marvel – the plot points are pretty much stock standard.

On the whole, the film is an enjoyable experience. The effects are brilliant, but not too in-your-face (except maybe in the last fight scene, where they did get a bit over the top), and this is a much more human film than a lot of other superhero movies, with lots of character interaction and bonding. The social commentary on race is well inserted and doesn’t feel too overbearing in the film. The acting is superb all around, as are the overall characterisations, and overall I found it fairly difficult to really fault the film. Special shout out to the costuming department – Black Panther’s new suit, and the different tribal dress were amazing.

However, whilst it does a lot of things very well, there is nothing that it does exceptionally. At no point in the film did I think ‘wow, this is the best thing ever’, more ‘yeah this is pretty good’. Whilst a fun film to watch, it isn’t really one I would watch again or remember watching in the future.

Overall I would definitely recommend this film, even if you aren’t a big Marvel fan, as it is a well written, well acted movie that can make for thought-provoking movie – just don’t go in expecting to see the greatest movie ever made.

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