|Move over, Cap. There's a new leader in town.|
"You cannot let your father's actions define your life. You get to decide what kind of king you want to be."
Am I supposed to be on this Black Panther bandwagon that has been going around lately? The simple (and safe) answer is "yes!". In spite of being a white dude (like why would this guy get it?), and having seen so many damned superhero films in the last two decades, I still think that this movie has something new and important to give to us.
Without getting all "We Are The World" on everybody, I'll just say that this should've happened much sooner than it did, and we'll leave it at that. Chadwick Boseman (Draft Day) owns this role and approaches every scene with the confidence of James Bond. He brings a leading man to the MCU that hasn't been seen since Captain America: The First Avenger. Boseman's large supporting cast each give something specific and memorable to their parts from acting veterans Angela Bassett (Boyz n the Hood) and Forest Whitaker (Rouge One: A Star Wars Story), all the way down to recently noticed Letitia Wright (Black Mirror).
My personal favorites are from Danai Gurira's (The Walking Dead) badass soldier and Andy Serkis's (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) playfully evil baddie. Michael B. Jordan's (Fantastic Four) villain is a tad overrated, yet his backstory and motivations are an interesting addition over the many one-note bad guys we've seen from many of these types of films. There's a Lion King vibe that is draped over the majority of Black Panther, in the form of the relationships between fathers and sons, and what happens when secrets tear their families apart. Fun (and occasionally comedic) action, a rousing original score, (and besides a visually pleasing although predictable third act battle) and it's a superhero picture that doesn't feel like the same old thing.
What I do not respect nor appreciate though, is the "original" "music" soundtrack that's executive produced by Kendrick Lamar. Call me an old ass honky if you want, but this fool and his entire generation of untalented contemporary mumble rappers, can suck it. There are some cool beats here and there, until somebody (including Lamar) opens their mouth and ruins that as well. Despite that major flaw, Lamar & co.'s occasional interruptions aren't enough to hold Black Panther back from resting near the summit of the MCU mountaintop.
Stay after the end credits if you're a real fan, or just stay home and stream it in a few months if getting to. And does anyone else find it funny that Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy) played the Tolkien white guy?
Rating- 8 out of 10
T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.
Director: Ryan Coogler
Writers: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o