Black Panther is amongst those very few movies where you know it from the beginning till that end credits scene that Marvel is at its utmost best, and the movie was nothing short of being a perfect standalone movie. Ryan Coogler made a movie so good, it is reasonable to claim that the superhero: Black Panther created over 50 years ago by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby couldn’t have been portrayed better.
Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis everybody was born for the amazing roles that the film offered. And it might be hard to say who among the incredible cast of characters in Black Panther reigns supreme but if you ask me Shuri, T’Challa’s 16-year-old sister and the super talented princess of Wakanda, played by Letitia Wright stole the show.
Aside from the fact that she was so amazing in every scene with her charm and brilliant acting, she is also the architect ensuring Wakanda’s supremacy as the most scientifically advanced nation in the world. She preps her brother and their entire nation with the cutting-edge Vibranium technology, armor, and weaponry that enables them to be so badass. The Busan car chase scene was one such exemplary act in the given context.
Shuri represented a future we all need to build and work upon if we hope to develop as a fully grown and unwavering human nation, capable to its full potential.
“On a brief, Bondian foray to a casino in Busan, South Korea, T’Challa brings along Nakia and Okoye as teammates. A later mission has a still-greater female/male ratio of three-to-one. This is a film that does not merely pass the Bechdel test, it demolishes it. Moreover, there is an uncommon richness to the female characters, in their interactions both with T’Challa—as mother, as sister, as ex-lover, as bodyguard—and with one another. A scene late in the film in which Nakia and Okoye question the basis of one another’s loyalties is among the best in the entire movie.” – The Atlantic
Jordan did a great job as Killmonger, one of the very popular antagonists of T’Challa; it was good to have a villain where his actions were justified and well understood even though I did not root for him.
The movie puts forward the story about two men both belonging to the royal bloodline — T’Challa and Eric Killmonger — and the conditions around their upbringing and how that affects their outlook on the world. In building out this division in perspective between them, Coogler delivers both a hero and villain whose motivations are completely reasonable to us. The difference is how they chose to act upon how they feel, and those methods are also prevalent in their circumstances.
“Move, Captain! I won’t ask a second time.”
I already was in so much awe of Chadwick Boseman since I watched him do that triple kick on Cap during the immensely popular airport fight scene in Civil War and now watching him evolve into becoming the king of Wakanda was simply heartwarming.
I would love to see more of Dora Milaje, in the upcoming movies from MCU. But today I was proud of MCU again for bringing Wakanda on screen in a way that when you come out of the theatre you feel it inside your bones that the movie has it all. It shows exactly the kind of thinking the world requires right now.
The musical score by Kendrick Lamar and the other name that I have forgotten was beautifully endowed throughout the movie making it all much more spectacular.
Last but certainly not the least, do not miss the post credits scene. It was so consoling to see Shuri helping Bucky with his healing and recovery after all that he has been through. Also, to those whom the scene caught off guard, Shuri referring to Bucky as the white wolf also gives a silent nod to the popular comic book character of T’Challa’s adoptive brother Hunter who was called as White Wolf to be the answer to our curiosity about Bucky’s future.