Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! Happy Friday to all. I trust your week was wonderful? Mine was great, and chatting with you lovely folks here is the cherry on top. And we have a wonderful new entry at the theaters! So wonderful, in fact, that you… may not even need to read my blather. But I must, I’m so compulsive, so let me get on with it 🙂
I’m trying hard to find fault here, since I am a ‘critic’ and it’s my job 🙂 but it’s a bit difficult in this case. Well… T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is way too nice, which makes him a bit of a bore (he was certainly more lively in Civil War. You’ll see). You can’t blame the character, though. Being the leader of a technologically advanced country that’s hidden—and wants to remain hidden—in the African jungle is hard. Lots of diplomatic babysitting to be done, and it’s not like he can arbitrarily act on moral scruples when tradition and the subsequent fate of a perfect society could be irreversibly upended.
T’Challa’s problems begin with the assassination of his father, which is when he finds himself face to face with a problem appropriately named Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan)—who’s been selling Wakanda’s vibranium. Things escalate when Erik teams up with an equally nice fella (Andy Serkis) to steal an artifact from a British museum. But it’s not just that—Erik has his eyes set on some seriously lofty goals.
The nice thing about Black Panther is that you’ll find your alliances shifting in strange directions as the movie progresses. And I have to say it’s nice to see a mostly black cast. There’s no slavery or oppression, since Wakanda is rich and hidden from the rest of the world. The cast is excellent. Lupita N’yongo shines as T’Challa’s love interest. She’s certainly a talented actress—it’ll be good to see her in a lead role. Letitia Wright is wonderful as tech genius Shuri, as is Danai Gurira as general of the female warriors. Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Daniel Kaluuya also star, so the acting is top notch. Cinematography is commendable (Rachel Morrison), as is the CGI. Last but not least, the score is thrilling. Here’s the trailer:
And there you have it! It’s my pick for this weekend. Really, everything else pales in comparison with this gorgeous jewel. So will I see you there? I hope so! And if you hate the movie (I honestly don’t see how) you could always trash me on Twitter. Adios!