Black Panther is an interesting movie. On one hand, its a Marvel superhero movie, another one in the chain. On the other hand, it’s an epic scale dynastic struggle akin to an epic fantasy series like Game of Thrones, complete with lots of worldbuilding.
Black Panther has plenty of action, humor, and a surprising level of drama. The main character has quite the journey, one where he learns the weight and costs of being king.
There’s some controversy about the movie, on themes and messages. I’ll say that you’ll probably come away from it with what you bring into the theater and leave it at that.
It isn’t my favorite Marvel movie, though it has some great (albiet hard to believe, even in superhero physics) scenes. The story was good, though there were some nonsensical plot holes that could have been tied up a bit more neatly. The movie has not just one, but two characterful villains, though I don’t think they got their full mileage from them.
In many ways, the movie stands alone more than most of Marvel’s latest movies. Which is at once both a strength and weakness. I can’t help, too, but feel that Wakanda is being set up to be the battleground for Infinity War. We will see.
The movie does have a few flaws. There was such a large cast that I can’t help but feel that some characters were shorted in both their stories and development. Some pivotal moments left me scratching my head, particularly with how characters didn’t give enough weight to some things in some scenes, while they did in others. There were also some pacing issues where some of the setup took longer than really neccessary. They wanted us to explore this world of theirs, but in the process they shorted other parts of the movie.
All in all, it was a fun movie and I recommend it. It has its own unique feel and I would like to see how it connects in to other movies, particularly the upcoming Infinity War. Now, go out and see it for yourself and feel free to tell me what you think!