“Black Panther” Preys on the Competition

The Red & Black reviews Marvel’s newest superhero, “Black Panther.”


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Black Panther was the most anticipated release of the year with its diverse cast and original premise. I was hyped for the release myself, but I didn’t want to overanticapte the movie to the point where it couldn’t reach my level of expectation. Everything aligned for another classic by Marvel with the amazing album of the same name and the stellar cast.

The plot is the basic “newly crowned king defending his throne” story but in a futuristic African nation known as Wakanda, the most beautiful setting seen in a Marvel movie to date. Black Panther’s soundtrack is also far and away the best soundtrack ever heard in a Marvel movie, with original songs by Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Weeknd, and many other recognizable artist. Black Panther’s cast is phenomenal, Chadwick Boseman is an amazing main lead and Michael B. Jordan portrays one of the best supervillains of all time as Killmonger, an antagonist whose motives are arguably much stronger than his foil.

The cons in this film are very few and in between but are still worth noting. I felt the humor fell flat and took me away from some of the scenes, and this is coming from someone who absolutely loves Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy. My biggest gripe with the film came with the oversaturation of CGI, which is a given for any superhero movie, but this time around the effects looked cheap at some moments, the final fight in particular.

Overall, Black Panther is a fun movie for all comic book movie fans to watch with it’s likeable characters, beautiful visuals, and catchy soundtrack. Black Panther quickly became one of my favorite films Marvel has put out to date which is a bold statement from someone who has grown up on their movies. Black Panther is the type of movie you should see as soon as you get an opportunity because even if it doesn’t live up to your own expectations, it is still a very progressive and groundbreaking movie.