Movie Review: Black Panther

Believe the hype: Black Panther is creative, fresh and inspiring. Photo: Marvel Studios
Believe the hype: Black Panther is creative, fresh and inspiring. Photo: Marvel Studios
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Black Panther offers everything you want in a superhero movie.

With its action, storyline, acting and emotional tone, Marvel has made one of this year’s stand-out movies.

Wakanda, a fictional African-American country, is the wealthiest nation in the world. The people of Wakanda don’t know the feeling of being without and have never experienced poverty.

They have lived with freedom and peace for all their lives. Throughout the film you see African-American culture in all its beauty – you experience African song, dance and beautiful colourful tribal clothing.

I have never seen a superhero movie with so much depth as this one. Black Panther ushers you into feeling real empathy for the black people of America as this fantasy world is a far cry from what African-American history is.

Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) is the villain in the movie. He is Wakandan but he was not brought up in the country – he was brought up in poverty. His Father died when he was a boy, and a solo mother raised him.

You’re able to understand Killmonger’s pain, anger and frustration towards his people. He says during one scene in the movie:”Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from the ships because they knew death was better than bondage.”

Black Panther entertains with its tribal fighting scenes and captivating scenery shot in many countries including South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, and South Korea.

The movie leaves you feeling enlightened and empathetic to the people of Wakanda, but also provides an inside view of history – the past, present and what we can hope for in the future.

I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Watch the Black Panther trailer below:

 

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