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Posted 01 July 2018 - 04:27 AM
Finally saw it.
It was good but not great. I think the biggest element was how unashamedly the film focuses on black/African culture, to the point it bucks the Hollywood trend by giving us a tagalong comedy white guy instead. Although there are callbacks (Claw's arm is a fun follow up to his injury from Ultron) and the movie builds somewhat off of Civil War it struck me as a mostly stand a lone film, the kind of origin movie we might well have seen if there was no MCU and a studio just decided to try Black Panther movies.
T'Challa is kinda underwhelming as a protagonist. I get that his whole conflict is a moral one, finding out that the father he sought revenge for was a liar and being against Wakanda's isolation from the world. But he seems to just spend the film reacting to things thrown his way, not really standing out. Maybe that's intentional (we have a ton of ego cases in starring roles in the MCU already) but I just wish he'd been more of a leader, not led by practically everyone else.
Killmonger is interesting and an example of why the movie works because both sides of the conflict have a point. It's easy to hide away in paradise and ignore the world's problems, especially awkwardly in a world where black people hardly have an easy life. It's nice that they didn't try to tie this into the Thanos arc but instead made Wakanda the fantastical element and explored how that would relate to real life prejudice and racism. I know they needed to establish the 5th tribe and put a feather in T'Challa's cap by having him be the king who finally makes them an ally but I think it might have tightened up the movie if the Killmonger challenge had been the first one we see and him as king had driven the plot more. The Korean action scene wasn't exactly essential.
Posted 22 January 2019 - 08:42 AM
Black Panther is now the first comic/superhero movie to receive a "Best Picture" Oscar nomination.
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