Black Panther (2018) Review

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.

My Opinion:

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

15 thoughts on “Black Panther (2018) Review

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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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