Hey there guys! Today I’m going to talk about a movie I saw this past weekend. I know it’s not exactly bookish, but the movie IS based on comic books so it kind of counts, right? Right. I just have to talk about this movie for a bit because it had a great impact on me and so many other people around the world. That movie is – you guessed – BLACK PANTHER, the newest edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First a bit about the movie:
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Produced by Kevin Feige
Released on February 16, 2018 (US)
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Lupita Nyong’O, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya and more…
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.
This movie was GLORIOUS.
I have been looking forward to this movie for a long time and all the hype that surrounded it since its release made me want to see it even more. Though it did slightly scare me. Because what if I don’t like it as much? Luckily, I got on the hype train after watching this movie because it’s everything everyone promised it would be. With a stunning almost all-black cast and mindblowing visuals, Black Panther might just be one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s certainly the most iconic one, in my opinion. And I understand why it means SO much to so many people all over the world. It’s groundbreaking and gorgeous and soaked in the African culture and that’s just beautiful to see.
The story is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and we meet up with T’Challa as he’s on his way home to the mysterious country of Wakanda so he can be crowned King after his father passed away. I didn’t know what to expect from the story going in. The trailers didn’t give that much away and I liked that. I was completely enveloped by the story and was more invested with each passing second. I loved watching it all unfold. The story was perfectly paced with a good balance between quiet moments and exhillarating action scenes. It’s very much its own movie while also giving away small hints at the bigger universe it is set in. Oh and be sure to wait a bit during the credits, there might be something there in the middle of them.
Okay so I’m not going to make it a secret that I developed a huge crush on the female leads. Yes, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa was awesome and Michael B. Jordan made a great villain that I also felt for. He was real and I could see where he was coming from. BUT the stars of the movies are these three ladies. Nakia, Princess Shuri and Okoye. They’re so badass and fantastic and I adored them to pieces. YAS to badass women of color stealing the show! Honestly, T’Challa is nothing without these three. Nakia is clever, sneaky and so awesome. Princess Shuri is immensely smart and in charge of all the tech in Wakanda and I loved that! But she was also very sweet and kind of nerdy and cared a great deal about her brother. Okoye is the most badass lady of the bunch and so loyal to her king. I absolutely loved this cast of gorgeous people.
The Visuals & Soundtrack
Okay but can we hold still for a second and stare at the beautiful visuals in this movie? Wakanda looks amazing and the African culture in this movie is SO present and beautiful and I LOVE it. The CGI was stunning and I could feel like I was there with them. I would love to live in Wakanda, honestly. And now that I’m at this topic, you should check out this thread on Twitter about African tribes/cultures featured in the movie!
Black Panther is a stunning movie with a gorgeous, badass cast that everyone needs to see asap. It made my nerd heart sing with happiness and I need more of those badass ladies now! Go see it if you haven’t yet. If you have, flail with me in the comments about how awesome it is! I need to fangirl.
Have you seen this movie? If not, do you plan on seeing it soon? (You should!) What did you think about it?
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