Black Panther (2018)
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Based on Black Panther by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
In Black Panther, T’Challa returns home as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary, in a conflict that has global consequences.
I’ll keep this quick. As I say every time, I’m getting quite bored with superhero movies and even more bored with attempting to “review” them. They’re fun to watch & I do enjoy them but I’m not exactly deeply invested in these Marvel storylines. I usually ask the hubby to refresh my memory on characters & previous stories whenever we watch another Marvel film. They’re popcorn movies. I like the eye candy (THOR!) and the action. I’m afraid to say that, with Black Panther, I was thoroughly & very unexpectedly bored for the first half of the film. It does pick up but I really expected the movie to be better than it was. Maybe the hype hurt things. I usually try to avoid hype but it wasn’t easy this time.
Although I was disappointed with the movie itself, I can’t say the same of the characters. I thought they were very strong and I especially loved the three main female characters, who are given loads of screen time and quite frankly steal the show. Don’t get me wrong – Chadwick Boseman is great and Black Panther is a super cool character while Michael B. Jordan made a very good & complex villain but those women kicked ass. But as much as Lupita Nyong’o & especially Danai Gurira kicked ass, it was the wise-cracking little sister Letitia Wright that I most enjoyed. Her cheeky interactions with big brother Boseman were great and the Bond-like scene where she shows off all her fancy gadgets was the absolute best.
Then there was the lovely nation of Wakanda. I think the problem was that the movie took too long to finally let us fully see Wakanda, especially the super cool advanced technology. I found the first half of this movie extremely slow but, okay, I know I’m not a filmmaker and don’t know what could have been done better. All I know is that I was bored for at least an hour, which I can’t say of other Marvel films. Sorry! Wakanda was beautiful. The characters were great (other than Martin Freeman & Andy Serkis, who were written as fools and severely underdeveloped). I just didn’t care about the story. At all. I’m really happy that I liked the characters as this is actually the most important thing to me in films but I was still hoping for a better movie overall.
As I said, though, I don’t normally give too much of a shit about these Marvel storylines. Unfortunately, I think Black Panther has come at a time where I just really can’t get into these movies anymore. After the Guardians Of The Galaxy films (now easily my favorite superhero movies) & Thor: Ragnarok, I know that the more lighthearted & “funny” comic book movies are my thing. Those are definitely the ones for me. Give me Deadpool over Avengers: Infinity War. So I really am sorry for the slightly low rating I’m giving Black Panther. Maybe it doesn’t deserve it but I also believe it doesn’t deserve the massively high ratings I’ve seen. It has some very strong points but it was a disappointment for me personally, especially after the hype. It’s good. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s one of the better comic book movies but it’s not the best.
My Rating: 6.5/10
Gotta say, I’m one of the people who loved this. As a Bond fan I really enjoyed how it seemed to be riffing off that kind of plot. I thought the level of humour was good as well — I enjoy a funny superhero movie too, but Marvel seem to have been doing that a lot lately and I enjoyed having a different flavour. You’re not the first person I’ve seen say it was badly paced, but I didn’t feel that at all, personally. Horses for courses, I guess!
The characters probably are the best thing about it though. Definitely agree that Letitia Wright’s character was brilliant. She’s in Infinity War too I believe, but then who isn’t?
I’m glad you enjoyed this movie more than I did. Maybe it’s because I’m not a Bond fan?? 🙂 The characters are indeed very strong, though. I’m looking forward to seeing them in other films.
Could be! It definitely ticked a lot of genre boxes for me.
My boyfriend, who is a huge Marvel fan, gave a similar score to yours. He just wasn’t blown away or getting the hype. I have yet to see it, but I’m afraid if I review it poorly, I’m going to get slammed by fans specifically because it’s culturally significant.
Well, I’m glad to hear that your boyfriend gave it a similar score. Maybe I’m not crazy! 🙂 I admit I was afraid to do anything other than praise this to high heaven. But I think that may be why there are soooo many positive reviews? I don’t know. I’m too honest, especially when it comes to my movie opinions. It’s an okay film. It’s a good superhero film. But it’s not the best film ever.
At least you didn’t flat out hate it like some people. There was a lot of hype behind this but I think it held up as well as it could have under such pressure.
I think the reason the first hour seemed to drag is because there was a lot of world and culture building for Wakanda to be done since this was something akin to an origin movie.
For me, I think they crammed two stories into one film when there was two films worth here, which made the final act a bit of a rush. They should have use the Klaue story for this film to establish the philosophy of Vibranium, then introduce the Killmonger story for the second film.
True, it did seem to be too much crammed into one movie. It just felt off to me. It was okay but I didn’t expect to be bored for at least half of it. The characters are great, though, so it’s good to know we’ll certainly be seeing them in other films. 🙂
Great review! It sounds like we are on the same page here. The hype for this movie was intense, and while I enjoyed it, I walked out of the theater feeling just the slightest bit disappointed, and wanting more. Which was a weird feeling, since this has been getting so much praise and excitement. I think I got caught up in the hype just a little too much, and I’ll enjoy it more the second time. I just felt like it took a while to get going. Black Panther was my favorite part of Captain America: Civil War, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in Infinity War.
Glad that I’m not totally crazy and that some people seem to agree with me. 🙂 I just think the characters were a lot better than the movie itself. I’m looking forward to seeing Black Panther characters with other Avengers characters. 🙂 This movie was decent – it just wasn’t as good as I was expecting from the hype.
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Interesting to read your less-than-enthusiastic response to this – no apologies necessary! 🙂
Yes, at least we can agree that Shuri livens things up!
Yep! She was great. All the characters were really strong. 🙂 Was just disappointed with the movie itself…
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