Black Panther Honest Review : Sorry, Not So Great

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As the anticipation for Black Panther reached sky high as soon as the reviews for the movie started pouring in, I started asking myself few questions. Is it really that good? Can it really challenge “The Dark Knight”(Duh! The Greatest Superhero movie ever made) in terms of universal acclaim? Am I going to be bowled over by the movie when it will end? The anticipation reached a new level when it started posting great numbers and by the end of the week posted the 5th biggest opening weekend collections of all time. I was apprehensive about the reviews as critics nowadays hail next Marvel movie as the greatest ever and forget it as soon as it leaves the theater. So with all my apprehensions I went to watch the movie anyway, as it had one of the strongest cast which included Chadwick Boseman, the phenomenal Michael B. Jordan of Fruitvale Station & Creed fame, Angela Bessette, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o & Andy Serkis and directed by Ryan Cooglar, guy who directed Michael B. Jordan in Creed & Fruitvale Station. The visuals in the trailers looked amazing.
So the movie starts right after the events of Captain America: Civil War as T’Challa returns to his Homeland Wakanda after his father’s death to claim the throne. Wakanda is a third world country for the outside world but actually, it is one of the richest countries in the world with the vast amount of Vibranium, a very precious metal which can only be found on Wakanda that too in abundance. Apart from minor speedbumps, T’Challa swiftly claims his right to the throne with his best friend, his general, his ex, mother and super intelligent sister by his side. But Wakanda has an old enemy in the form of Ulysses Klaue(The always reliable Andy Serkis) who has been on the run ever since he stole some of the Vibranium from Wakanda. This takes us all the way to South Korea where Klaue is planning to sell a stolen artifact to CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman).

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Helping Klaue is a mercenary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who has a dark past and has plans of his own. The rest of the movie is all about how T’Challa fights to save his throne as well coming to terms with his own past.
The action scene set in South Korea is the highlight of the movie, especially a single shot sequence which shows Black Panther and his trusted generals fighting Klaue’s goons. It is terrifically captured as the camera swiftly moves from one place to another without any breaks.
Michael B. Jordan is the standout among the entire cast who is easily one of Marvel’s best villain, right alongside Loki. Killmonger’s motivations are clear and the viewer actually feels for him, as it becomes clear why he is doing, what he is doing.
Forest Whitacker is honestly wasted in the role which has nothing to offer. Similarly, Daniel Kaluya, who’s been nominated in the Best Actor category for this years Oscars for his breakout role in Get Out has nothing much to do. Ryan Coogler has always been great with great material which we have seen in Fruitvale Station and I have always liked him but not so much here.
The second half, as well as climax of the movie, is strictly average, as is the case with most of the Marvel’s movies. It’s not something which I haven’t seen before.
What I couldn’t really understand is all the critical love this movie is getting. Am I suppose to think that this is one of the greatest movies ever just because it has an all black star cast. Shouldn’t the story be supposed to play a role here? I am sorry, but I can’t shut my eyes to the fact that this is purely an average movie. Detroit came out last year and showed what happened to the black folks during Detroit Riots but it could only muster $21 Million against a budget of $34 Million.
Sorry to break it to you, and so many great reviews would have you believe, Black Panther is a plain good superhero movie and not a race movement. The Black Community needs more than a Marvel Superhero film.

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