Black Panther: Wakanda Forever review

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is spectacular, emotional, vibrant, quite visceral and even cathartic.

We’re reviewing the MCU film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever no spoilers.

Perhaps no sequel in film history had so much at stake on a human scale, considering that original movie is a touchstone in cinematic history, the first big-budget comic book film with a majority-Black cast, led by a hero who never looked like the white knights most Hollywood executives imagine, while infusing the film with themes, Traditions, style and a celebration of a community’s heritage and enduring legacy. How can a sequel possibly exceed expectations? Maybe what Chadwick Boseman stood for and his tragic death propelled the filmmakers to make a superhero film with great seriousness, even one that could be a vibrant metaphor for grief.

The story begins with mourning Death of King T’Challa and a year of mourning. The world’s most powerful nations sense, or more precisely assume, a weakness wakanda Why? There is no Black Panther to protect them. Like most powerful “First World” countries bent on colonizing others and plundering their most prized possessions, Wakanda is grossly underestimated for being at the forefront of science and technology. The world wants its Vibranium, however, and influential countries feel Wakanda is hoarding the glowing blue metal, a resource of untapped kinetic energy.

Queen Ramonda (the magnetic Angela Basset, sensational here) delivers a powerful speech directing the rest of the two nations to retreat or they will feel just how strong Wakanda can be. However, her strength camouflages her current grief. It’s been a year since Princess Shuri (a strong Letizia Wright) lost her brother. She blames herself for not saving his life while Queen Ramonda tries to honor his death with Wakanda traditions. However, Shuri struggles to keep her faith already in limbo as she is a woman of science. For her, a calling cannot explain her brother’s celebration that he is now all around her. Wakanda is in limbo and about to be tested beyond his greatest fears.

Directed by Ryan Cooglerwith whom he wrote the screenplay Black Panther clerk JoeRobert Cole, they set a tone that can be felt viscerally. The story has dark tones, with heroes falling into feelings of loss and ambivalence. They are a shell of themselves as they come to terms with losing their protector and confidant. They have back fan favorites trying to bring their key players into a new day. Okaye (Dana Gurira) worries about the princess’ mental state and gets lost in her work. M’Baku (Nine days Winston Duke) continues to acclimate himself and his people to Wakanda and takes a stance that they need his guidance during the transition period.

Coogler and Cole excel at pushing classic characters with effective guest appearances and introducing new ones (hello, Ironheart), especially the villains. Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) joins the movie as Namor. He plays the king of an underwater world, Taloken, which we saw at the end of the first film. Huerta’s character is three-dimensional and remarkably frightening with the quick, simple threats. Menacing yet sensitive, he might be one of the more complex Marvel characters we’ve seen in a while.

They combine this with suspenseful action sequences without ever feeling too cartoony and grotesquely digital like they do Black Adams of the world, all with the added weight of a fictional and human-interested story for fans to gravitate towards. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is 161 minutes long, nearly three hours long, but it never feels stagnant, repetitive, or drawn out. There were rumors that the film could have been presented in two parts. And thank goodness they stuck to the original, or we may never have gotten the cathartic release fans from Boseman that we desperately needed.

The final product is one of Marvel’s best sequels, and has perhaps the greatest mid- or after-credits scenes in the famed studio’s history. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever iIt’s spectacular, emotional, quite visceral and even cathartic. Watch it on an Imax screen if possible.

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