Junior Reporter: Black Panther Movie Review

March 24, 2018

Celeste M. was excited about reviewing the Black Panther movie! She says, “If you haven’t seen it, I would totally suggest doing so! Totally worth every second!”. Well, her review was well worth the wait! Do you agree with her review?

Black Panther Movie Review

By Celeste M.

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After watching the critically acclaimed Black Panther, I can assure you that this movie will go down in history, and it’s already been pretty historical for Marvel, the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, and the movie industry too. It is a film that brushes on serious topics, including colonialism, humans’ insatiable desire to conquer, and villains that have good intentions with heroes that might have bad ones. However, it also includes great amounts of humor in just the right places. It shows a good and bad side to everyone while also offering copious amounts of representation for black women and individuals all around. So to sum up, it was a pretty great movie, and I would recommend seeing it a hundred times over! Warning: very light spoilers (but nothing you should worry about too much!) …

To give you some background on just how successful this movie is, I should start by saying the movie got a ninety-seven percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is incredible! It already had a lot of hype beforehand due to Chadwick Boseman’s starring role in Captain America: Civil War as T’Challa himself. The movie stars him, Michael B. Jordan (who movie-goers might recognize as the actor who played “The Human Torch” in the latest remake of The Fantastic Four), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Danai Gurira (“Michonne” in The Walking Dead), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Daniel Kaluuya (who is nominated for an Oscar for his starring role in the critically acclaimed Get Out), Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown (who some might recognize as “Randall” in the hit show This Is Us), Angela Bassett (too many to count), and Forest Whitaker (so many credits, there isn’t a number for it). There were so many wonderful actors and actresses who worked on this movie that I couldn’t just choose a few to mention! And more than a couple were household names! In its second week, the movie has already made over $700 million worldwide! It was the largest ever debut for a black director (the incredible Ryan Coogler), crushed box office records, had the biggest Monday success ever, and destroyed the myth that black casts don’t do as well overseas. We do know that some of the famous Wakandans are supposed to be featured in the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War also, which is a great surprise!

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The movie includes anti-hero Erik Killmonger, who has a hero’s agenda but approaches things in an unconventional and non-heroic way. He has a desire to share Wakandan resources, for they have been disguising themselves as a third-world country since the place was founded, which is not true because they have the world’s largest supply of vibranium (a very valuable metal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). He approaches this goal in a wrong way, as he murders three people, and then he tries to kill Nakia, Shuri, The Dora Milaje, and T’Challa, who takes on the role as King of Wakanda after his father’s tragic death in Captain America: Civil War. I actually noticed that a lot of scenes in the movie seemed to greatly resemble scenes in The Lion King, which I found quite amusing. In addition, the movie tackles issues such as hegemony (leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group, over others) and the line between being a hero and a villain.

To conclude, this movie is a one hundred percent must-see. It continues to break records as we speak, and the actors featured in the blockbuster movie are amazing! Black Panther is only in theaters a little while longer, and I encourage you to see it whenever you can; you will definitely not regret it!