Black Panther, 94%, A, 4.5 Stars
Wakanda forever! I always wanted to see this character in live action ever since I first saw him in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series, and now I have!
The plot is very swift, establishing the groundwork right away, then jumping to post-Civil-War T’Challa heading home from that movie’s events, followed by his being haunted by sins of the father. My only real beef with the plot is that vibranium is given a few so many functions, I have to ask “what can’t it do?” I buy its effects on the plants giving Black Panthers their Black Panther abilities, but the metal itself seems like a plot convenience used whenever they need an out.
I’m not even going to touch the isolationism aspect of Wakandan society. They developed themselves before isolating themselves, and they have some interaction with the outside world, just hiding their vibranium skills. I’ll leave it at that.
The characters are great. T’Challa is charming and noble, Okoye is a fierce badass, Shuri is a lovable nerd, and Nakia makes for a great voice of reason to influence T’Challa to unisolate Wakanda in a less Killmongery way. Speaking of him, Killmonger is a great villain with the perfect parallel to T’Challa: his cousin abandoned by the Wakandans and radicalized to fight fire with fire. He does change T’Challa’s mind in the end, but after Nakia had been prodding him for a while.
This movie’s only major weakness is the visual effects. There are some backgrounds with very obvious green screens and the CGI fights look weird and obviously CGI. The rest of it is great, but these just stick out like a sore thumb.
Ludwig Goransson does an amazing and creative job with the soundtrack, blending traditional African music for Wakanda with African-American R&B for Killmonger. Wakanda’s theme is also just as grand as the country itself.
Some of the humor is misplaced, but works out well otherwise. I also can’t think of any swearing, which makes it a nice, clean family movie.
Overall, Black Panther is a top notch Marvel movie with weak VFX in places, but otherwise, Wakanda forever!
-Visual Believability 7/10
-Purposeful Content 9/10
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
-Appropriate Use 10/10
-Appropriate Humor 9/10
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10