Black Panther (2018)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

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26 July 2018 | NpMoviez
7
| Overhyped but entertaining.
Well, here's a movie that's hated by a number of people as a result of it being overhyped. It was fairly entertaining and decent. Just that it wasn't worth all the hype. The only thing it has to be a unique MCU film would be that it had was the majority of people from black community as its cast members. I am not criticizing that, but that's NOT a legit reason to hype it up so much.

Good. It was whatever the first Thor movie couldn't be. In other words, it was "Thor" (2011) on Wakanda and better. It has some fantasy elements regarding the "Black Panther formula" and at the same time, it is quite of a sci fi too, and on the sideline it's also a crime film. These themes hold together very cohesively and make the movie a solid piece of art, on the whole. For the first time in an MCU movie, a villain was good. Killmonger is probably my second favorite MCU villain till date, the first one being Thanos. That character was well written to say the least. We knew where he was coming from, his motives, what he is up to and why. He is the best part of this movie. Many of the heist and crime film vibes it had was very interesting in the scenario they set up for this movie. The character interactions and the dynamic between various characters were good. Some funny scenes and dialogues land properly (while some don't, it's an MCU movie, after all). While watching this film, you won't want to skip any part of it, even though, in the end, you might be saying, "is that it?! Dafuq?!!" But most importantly, it gives you a really good introduction to Black Panther. We can get behind this hero for good. The character arc they give to him is excellent.

Mixed. A lot of it feels like parts of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. The "sci fi" part feels quite like the stuff going on between Batman and Fox. The establishment of the character of Killmonger was (in an undertone) similar to how we got introduced to The Joker in "The Dark Knight" or to Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises". Also, some scenes are quite similar to interrogation scenes of "The Dark Knight". I am not saying that it was a ripoff of Nolan's films. It might be the same in the source material they adapted, I don't know. But noticing those themes being dealt in a similar way, makes it kind of a mixed bag. The movie, also, apparently "kills" off a character, which doesn't feel so compelling because they were to be back in future films (which had already been announced or were seen in the trailer of Infinity War). Not saying that the way they killed off the character was bad. If we didn't know about him being back in Infinity War, it would've made a solid impact. But, we know about him being back. So, it wasn't much interesting.

Bad. Many fights and scenes in the film are super clichéd. Not only that you can predict what will happen, you can even predict what kind of a dialogue will close that scene, and what will be the immediate consequence for the character who gave that piece of dialogue. The third act of the movie was just plain generic third act of a superhero movie with a lot of clichés and dumbed down "Captain America: Civil War" conditions with some of kind of "Lord of the Rings" vibe.

Conclusion. "Black Panther", for me, was some kind of a mixed bag. It was surely overhyped, but wasn't so bad of an overhyped movie. On the whole, a solid entertainer. Not something like Infinity War or Iron Man or Avengers or Civil War that will be talked for a long time.

Rating. Score : 7.3/10 Grade : B+

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Trivia

There were alot of "reunions" per say on this film with actors who had worked with each other in prior films or TV shows. Besides Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman who worked together in The Hobbit films ,there was also Forest Whitaker who had work with Angela Bassett 23 years ago in Waiting to Exhale (1995) as director/ actress and co-tarred together in Black Nativity (2013).Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé previously co-starred in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). Their was alao a The Walking Dead reunion with Danai Gurira and Travis Love. Danai played the iconic Michionne , while Travis played The Governor's henchmen, Bowman.


Quotes

N'Jadaka: Baba...
N'Jobu: Yes, my son.
N'Jadaka: Tell me a story.
N'Jobu: Which one?
N'Jadaka: The story of home.
N'Jobu: Millions of years ago, a meteorite made of vibranium, the strongest substance in the universe, struck the continent of Africa, affecting the plant life around it. And when the time ...


Goofs

With all the advanced Wakandan technology and medicine, and the accepted policy being to keep it all secret from outsiders, there is no reason for Shuri to even let Agent Ross regain consciousness while in the country, let alone spill any secrets once he does. The logical thing would have been to keep him sedated, tell him nothing and wake him up outside of Wakanda.


Crazy Credits

The main credits for the people of Wakanda are colored according to the tribe:

  • the cast credits for the members of the Wakandan royal family are in purple/gold, the royal colors.
  • Forest Whitaker's credit is in purple, as befits Zuri's role as adviser to the royal family.
  • Lupita Nyong'o's credit is shaded green, the River Tribe color.
  • Danai Gurira's credit is shaded red, the Dora Milaje color.
  • Daniel Kaluuya's credit is shaded blue, the Border Tribe color.
  • Winston Duke's credit is represented by an ape face, since the Jabari have no tribe color.


Alternate Versions

In advance of the film's release in India, the filmmakers removed all references to the Hindu god Hanuman presumably to avoid generating any controversy surrounding the film.


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All the Stars
Written by
Kendrick Lamar (as K. Duckworth), Sounwave (as Mark Anthony Spears), Al Shux (as Al Shuckburgh) and SZA (as Solana Rowe)
Produced by Sounwave for Top Dawg Entertainment, and Al Shux
Performed by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
Kendrick Lamar appears courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
SZA appears courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

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