Marvel Studio’s newest film, Black Panther, has been taking the world by storm. The film debuted to staggering numbers, blowing out the box office and holding the #1 spot for several weeks. Since its premiere, the film has quickly become one of the top grossing films of all time. In the United States, the film holds the #3 spot for top grossing films of all time, just recently overtaking Titanic (1997). On a global scale, the film holds the #10 spot for highest grossing film, surpassing Disney’s Frozen (2013). The movie is making tons of money for good reason, as it tells a poignant story about culture, history, and the effects of modern technology.
The story follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the heir to the throne of Wakanda. Wakanda is a highly technological society, hidden deep in Africa. Tucked away from the rest of the world, Wakanda contains the most impressive and advanced medical, military, and general technology available. The civilization does not care for humanity’s petty arguments and violent wars, remaining mostly peaceful. This long-lasting peace is disrupted when the royal family experiences a loss, forcing T’Challa to take on more responsibility than ever before.
At its core, Black Panther is much more than a standard Marvel superhero film. Nearly the entire cast and crew is comprised of talented people with African roots, highlighting the incredible accomplishments of minorities in Hollywood. For quite some time, most minorities have been delegated to stereotypical roles, or movies that feel exploitative in their casting. Black Panther proves that creative individuals should not be judged by their skin color or their nationality, but rather the quality of their work. The film stands out as one of the best looking, best acted, and best directed films in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Although the real-life implications of Black Panther‘s production are massive and heartwarming, the truly poignant themes lay within the story of Wakanda. Although Wakanda is a fictional nation, it represents a large span of African culture. Everything from the costuming, music, and characterization embodies a lost culture; one that was stolen by European colonizers and slave owners. For many people of African descent, their culture is a mystery; one shrouded in history that is as disgusting as it is violent. Black Panther proudly stands as a celebration of African culture, and a celebration of what truly talented people can bring to the screen.
The entire cast did an excellent job, with stand out performances from Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Killmonger, and Letitia Wright as Shuri. While the story might not be as action-packed as other Marvel Studios films, when the action hits, it’s immensely satisfying. The film is also beautiful to look at, with vivid colors and beautiful costuming. All in all, nearly every aspect of the film is an utter achievement. Occasionally, the CGI effects falter in quality, but this is merely a blemish on a fantastic film. If you’re a fan of superhero films, Black Panther is one of Marvel’s best efforts so far. However, Black Panther stands out as a movie that is great for superhero fans and newcomers alike. Its powerful message and excellent quality make Black Panther an unforgettable film, and one that has already left a lasting impression on the movie business at large. For me it’s 5 Stars all the way