So, last night my housemate and I went to watch Marvel’s latest cinematic release, Black Panther. Honestly, this is quite possibly my new favourite Marvel film, but I have been a long term fan of Captain America, so I may have to watch Black Panther again…
We first met Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, and I’m really glad that they referenced that film enough for people who aren’t so familiar with the films and characters to get some background, but I also liked that this whole film was based on Black Panther himself, rather than the other characters we’ve already met.
I heard someone saying they felt the opening was too long, and there was too much at the beginning showing us Black Panther’s background, but I disagree. I felt it worked so well, and it was so important to have all of that at the beginning, because it linked with the rest of the film, and I personally love learning about the characters histories, and seeing how they end up where they are now.
One of the things I liked about the film is that the plot was more complex than it initially appears to be. I thought it would be a case of Black Panther having to get back the stolen Vibranium from Ulysses Klaue, but there are other sub-plots, and other characters which add to the story, and make it a whole lot better, without making the film feel like it’s cluttered and disorderly… does that make sense?
My favourite character by far was Shuri, because she is so funny, and she’s not like a typical “damsel in distress” character. She’s a princess, but she builds and creates all the technology used in Wakanda, and she knows that she is good at what she does. I just loved her the whole way through the film, and whenever she was on screen I smiled. She’s just so great. I also loved that the army was pretty much all women. Just going to put that out there.
The only thing I didn’t really like about the film, which I won’t spoil for you if you haven’t seen it yet, was how the battle scene ended… It was just a little bit disappointing but maybe that was just me.
So those are my thoughts on Black Panther, and I’d love to hear what you thought about it too!