Black Panther review: A step in the right direction for Hollywood
Marvel has done it again.
Just when fans think that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has peaked, they strike again and make you rethink everything else before it. Black Panther did just this. This origin film exceeds all others with its invigorating and empowering plot line. By having strong themes of female empowerment and a refreshing spin on an African community not barred down by themes of racism, Marvel has stepped up their game once again.
King T’Challa surrounds himself with strong-willed females like, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Letita Wright, who will do just about anything to protect their country and the ones that they love. Also, Michael B. Jorgan puts on an unforgettable performance as Erik Killmonger, the best villain in the MCU to this date. What makes Killmonger different from any other villain in this universe is the fact he is an antagonist you can empathize with and understand his reasons for why he seeks vengeance.
This film is populated by an incredible black director (Ryan Coolger), outstanding black actors (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya and Angela Bassett to name a few) and a superior music producer (Kendrick Lamar) who recruited other superior artists (SZA, The Weeknd, Khalid, Travis Scott etc.) to create the Black Panther motion-picture soundtrack.
This film is exactly what Hollywood needs right now, empowering black and female characters in an epic tale with realistic routes.
Black Panther comes out in theaters Friday, and is the last MCU movie before, Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released on May 4th.
Also, make sure you stick around for the film’s end-credit scenes, they are not to be missed.