Finally, I got the chance to see Black Panther, the first black superhero movie in quite a while. I’m not a huge fan of the Marvel movies and their tired formula, but you know what? Black Panther isn’t half bad.
Contrary to what many critics have said, Black Panther isn’t the best Marvel movie, and Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), unfortunately, isn’t the best Marvel villain. It’s a film that took it’s time to get up to speed, and when it did, it was somewhat satisfying enough.
Here’s the thing with Black Panther; it has all the makings of being a splendid movie, but it failed in so many areas to the point where only a few sections of the experience were enjoyable. I got so hyped after reading several reviews from top critics, only to come out of the movie theater with a disappointed look on my face.
AS a person of color, I will not be biased and follow some critics who say Black Panther “raises the bar for the next set of superhero movies” when that’s really not the case, at least from my point of view.
The Script Didn’t Work Well
OK, so the script wasn’t bad, but when it comes down to fleshing out the characters, it failed. For the most part, it was politically verbose and the story failed to flow, and as such, sometimes it felt like a patchwork without any cohesiveness.
The theater I was in was filled with people of color, and for the first half of the film, most folks had a bored look on their faces. Some were even looking at their smartphones instead of paying attention, which says a lot.
T’Challa Isn’t a Captivating Character
The move is called Black Panther but the focus of the film was centered around T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and less about his alter-ego, Black Panther. And that’s fine because too many superhero movies tend to concentrate less on the human side of the heroes.
This plan didn’t work because of the weak script by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, so it has nothing to do with Chadwick Boseman. This actor has proven himself very well in “Get on Up and “42,” but struggled to shine here.
There are hardly any characters in Black Panther for moviegoers to attach themselves to. Erik Killmonger is probably the only one and could have been a lot better if his move to usurp T’Challa from the Wakanda throne wasn’t achieved so quickly.
Let’s Talk About Some of the Good Stuff
Director Ryan Coogler did a great job in showing off the details of Wakanda. In my mind, it felt as if it could have been a real place, and on top of that, the cast is fitted with great actors such as, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and Angela Bassett.
Additionally, I must talk about the King of the Jabari tribe, M’Baku. He steals the scene whenever he’s in it, and hopefully, he makes an appearance in the sequel.
Black Panther had great potential, but the weak script failed to take advantage of the talented cast. I mean, Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” is part of the film, and we know very well from that movie how talented he is.
The political overtones didn’t help either, but with the current state of American politics, it isn’t much of a surprise.