Movie Review: Marvel’s Black Panther Hits All the Right Notes

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

It’s no secret I’m a fan of Marvel movies, but Black Panther was even better than I was expecting because within the framework of a superhero action story were conversations and scenes that touched on real world issues.

Black Panther, based on the 1960s comic book character, takes place primarily within the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), aka Black Panther, has become king and protector of the kingdom following the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War.

Marvel Studio' Black Panther

The movie follows T’Challa as he is crowned king and the subsequent internal and external forces plotting to overthrow him, including the mysterious and deadly Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).

Black Panther is a movie that addresses current race relations, identity, colonialism, and the challenges of international politics clearly, no holds barred, but with grace, humor, and a positive message. Director Ryan Coogler deftly balances the cerebral with the action throughout the movie.

I also loved that in Wakanda, there is no gender bias. Women and men work side by side, each expected and encouraged to live up to their full potential.

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

There’s a lot of “girl power” in Black Panther. From T’Challa’s younger sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), a teenager who creates all of all the amazing technology Wakada possesses, to his girlfriend Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), an undercover spy trained in martial arts, to the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda led by Okoye (Danai Gurira), the women of the kingdom are no damsels in distress. They are just as capable as anyone else of protecting themselves and defending Wakanda.

It’s a great message for all the little girls who will see the movie.

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

I also have to note the film’s soundtrack. Featuring a score composed by Ludwig Goransson, and songs curated by Kendrick Lamar, the soundtrack greatly adds to the mood of the scenes and immersion into the world of Wakanda.

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

Not only is Black Panther the black superhero movie we’ve all needed, but it’s also extremely inspiring to everyone else. And it’s all wrapped up in a fun and exciting action-packed superhero movie set among the beautiful backdrop of the continent of Africa.

Go see Black Panther in the theater – the special effects are amazing! And if you bring your kids, sit down and talk with them about some of the messages afterwards.

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

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Black Panther

Rating: 9 out of 10 stars
Director: Ryan Coogler,
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis

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Comments: 11

  1. Berlin | Momi berlin February 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Really love to watch this. Haven’t been to cinemas lately. Have a toddler and a baby to look after.

  2. fashionmommy February 23, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I am yet to read a negative review of this film, I love the strong representation of women in it.

  3. Nicole February 23, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I have heard so many great reviews about Black Panther! We are going to see it this weekend, I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Nicole Caudle February 22, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    This is such a great movie. The kids and I really enjoyed it. I want to see it again.

  5. Blair villanueva February 21, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I saw many many good reviews of Black Panther. Would this movie be like Star Wars? And possible sequel?

  6. Danish Rasool February 21, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I have been waiting to see the movie since the Black Panthers first appearance in the Avengers. Haven’t had the time yet to see the movie though but definitely going to watch it soon. Thanks for sharing this awesome review

  7. Ada February 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I have heard great things about this movie but haven’t seen it yet. I am definitely excited to check it out.

  8. Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen February 20, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I can’t wait to see this film! All I’ve heard is great things and it has some powerful messages!

  9. Jhoan February 20, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Heard lots of good things about this movie. Something to look forward to over the weekend, with the whole family!

  10. Marcie February 19, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve been hearing amazing things about this movie. Plus we’ve loved Michael B. Jordan for years!

  11. Cas | Getyourholidayon February 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Yay! I can’t wait to see this movie. It looks like it is going to be a great one for my husband and me to enjoy a date night out and see it.