Black Panther, created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Film Review


Wakanda is a country shrouded in mystery.  Thousands of years after a meteorite landed in Africa…thousands of years after the first “heart-shaped herb” was ingested….thousands of years after the first Black Panther was created… Wakanda is a mystery to the rest of the world.

A country with massively advanced technology, rich cultures, stunning cities, and beautiful people…masquerading as a third world country.  Until the death of King T’Chaka changes everything.

Now the new King, T’Challa, must be crowned and make his own decisions about what to reveal to the world at large about their prosperous little haven.

But when an old enemy…and a new player come into action and threated to expose everything… T’Challa must decide quickly on what is best for him and all of Wakanda.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 134 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I’m not really sure how to start this review. 

I haven’t rewatched this film since Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer.  And I didn’t think it would affect me as much as it did.  My mom passed from the same disease.  I didn’t think seeing him on screen in such an incredible performance would make me so emotional…but it did.  Because his passing is going to change the rest of the Black Panther films forever.

I hope they live up to how exquisite this one was.

As a cis, white, woman I don’t ever fathom to understand the pain and trials of being black.  But this movie, for me, was a chance to realize how little I knew about African and Black cultures.  And to know that I had to start educating myself on the things I don’t know.

From the costumes to the discussions this film is absolutely breathtaking.

And it is one that I encourage every white person (I mean really everyone at all) to watch and really truly LISTEN to what is going on.  What Killmonger talks about.  What the Wakandas discuss.  What is going on with the battles…the talks…the charity and outreach.  The experiences.

There is so much that happens in this film.

And its not just all really cool tech and battles.  Though those are really awesome.  Especially when the women get involved.  Can we talk bout how cool the Dora Milaje are?  Such an incredible team.

And did I mention the costumes?  Just the color and depth and textures.  I love the fact that African textiles were used…and that the costumer actually did research and got people involved who knew more about the traditions (and if I remember correctly hired and purchased from lots of local artisans) for the intricate and gorgeous costumes that are used throughout the film.  As well as doing some really cool things with technology (and 3D printing) to create other garments that have traditional roots but are completely Wakandan.

I cannot speak more highly of a MCU film from start to finish.  Black Panther really is the complete package.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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