Kelvin Says Hats Off:
Just saw “Black Panther” – The Dirty Cousin. Conclusion: 10/10. For the superhero genre, this is a transcendent movie. “The Dark Knight” fundamentally changed what a superhero movie could be at its best. The execution is nearly without reproach. “Black Panther” doesn’t copy that, or really any, formula. It is distinctly its own type of comic book movie. While some of the Marvel trademakes are certainly ingrained into the movie – the Stan Lee cameo I do think is one of the stronger ones, though – it eschews a good deal of what’s familiar about Marvel.
Like Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, this has a lot of grounding in James Bond. Obviously, I’m a bit of a sucker for that. But really, it just works so darn well in this movie. I tried not to read much about this movie before seeing it, but after seeing it, it wasn’t any surprise to learn that director Ryan Coogler described this as being Marvel’s James Bond movie. The homages and nods are sprinkled throughout and that was thoroughly enjoyable for me. What’s more, the action elements are fantastic.
While borrowing from a decorated franchise like James Bond could seem just as formulaic as making Yet Another Marvel Movie, “Black Panther” offers a fresh style and tones to match. The themes brought feel both relevant and fleshed out. We’re in a time where isolation and people clinging to what they have is a societal ethos. I think what the movie does pretty well is exploring the conflict between what people decide to take responsibility for and what they don’t. When a line is drawn, picking who is taken care for and who is not, there are consequences to that action. That line is the morality the movie seeks to define.
Character development is another strong offering this movie makes. I give it credit for having an organic love interest rather than a forced one. That is no small feat for a movie like this. Unlike Star Wars, this movie actually gives Lupita Nyong’o something to do! She is a delight, as are her counterparts Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira. Michael B. Jordan can be a little stiff at times, but I did enjoy his character and what they did with him. I think he is one of the better Marvel villains. I haven’t even mentioned the film’s, arguably, most recognizable faces. Chadwick Boseman, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman are all quite a bit of fun. As for the technical aspects, it looks and sounds spectacular. Kendrick Lamar did a great job with the soundtrack.
If Marvel movies are criticized for their formulaic nature, there’s not really any way to make that argument here. “Black Panther” forges its own way. Spectacularly so, at that. #TChallaBackGirl #LikeARoss #IfIOnlyHadVibranium #ShuriYouCantBeSerious #IFoughtTheClawAndTheClawWon #FightAtTheMuseum #WakandaMovieWasThat #FarewellToFirearms
Austinn Says Hats Off:
‘Black Panther’: Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Africa Anymore (8/10). It’s a beautiful film with a lot of great elements and good themes, but it’s biggest downfall is that it’s a Marvel movie. The world building and overall atmosphere of the movie are great; the score, cinematography, costume design, and effects (well, most of the effects) all work well together to create an immersive and vibrant experience. The main characters are great and help compensate for some weak supporting characters. The action, although fairly minimal, is cool and although it’s a bit ridiculous at times, it makes it feel more like a comic book. That being said, this movie could be that much better if it could be it’s own movie and have it’s own unique message, and not be tied down by the MCU. Because the action and vibrant imagery play out more like a comic book, it doesn’t fit well with the rest of the Marvel franchise. It also suffers from being spoiled by known plans and marketing from Marvel’s vast franchise. #TheReturnoftheBlackPanther #CaptainWakandaCivilWar #KingJr #TChallabackgirl #harderbetterfasterKillmonger #youshootmedownbutiwontfalliamvibranium
Adam Says Hats Off:
Saw Black Panther: Wakandaplaceisthis?
Rating as follows:
Total: 8.8/10 (Hats Off!)
Cinematography (1.7): 1.5
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.2
Writing (1.5): 1.3
Cohesion of Story (1.2): 1.0
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 1.0
Best Category – Depth of Plot (1.0): 1.0
Depth of Plot (1.0): 1.0
Character Dev (0.5): 0.4
Overall Message (0.4): 0.4
For a movie that is this hyped, I was pretty impressed by it. I was very excited to go and see it and it didn’t disappoint. This superhero movie is different in a lot of ways. Most notably for me is that it actually wrestles with real world conundrums and is laced with symbolism. I admittedly missed a lot of the subtleties that my African-american counter parts caught, but that’s part of what makes this movie great. If you have a problem with the African-american communities response to this movie, you should probably be asking yourself why. But I digress. This movie has a broad appeal and was a much needed addition to the Marvel Universe. Strengths were in the depth of the plot, music and overall message. There were a few weak moments in the acting and odd places of comic relief, but thats about it. Well worth seeing on the big screen!