Another hit for Marvel. Their latest film “Black Panther” is a fun watch. Say what you will about superhero movies, but they are going to be sticking around for awhile and I don’t mind one bit as long as they are done well. Finally got to see this film after being a bit sick for a couple weeks in February. “Black Panther” picks up just a few weeks after the events of “Captain America: Civil War”. After the death of King T’Chaka, his son T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther) returns home to the technologically advanced and reclusive kingdom of Wakanda in Africa to claim the throne where he is soon challenged by forces bent on destruction and conquest. Yeah I know, destruction and conquest is pretty much a staple for most comic book villains but comic books in general have been around for at least a century so there is obviously something appealing to people about villains determined to destroy and conquer and the heroes that fight them.
I really love the action sequences, always the big highlight of any superhero film. Very well choreographed fight scenes although a couple spots look a bit videogamish (you’ll see what I mean if you watch it). T’Challa’s sister is quite reminiscent of Q from the James Bond films. The Wakandan costumes were pretty cool, inspired by actual costumes worn by the various cultures of Africa for a bit of authenticity. The visuals are as stunning as other Marvel movies, very detailed. A bit of social commentary about cultural relations in the world is interlaced into the story. The main villain could have been more properly fleshed out but I see that in most comic book based movies and I think it has to do with trying to keep the story moving. A lot easier to flesh out any character in print than it is a 2 or 3 hour movie. The story itself is good but not groundbreaking. If you like most of the superhero films Marvel has been churning out, you will like “Black Panther”. Suffice it to say, 8 out of 10