(This review may contain spoilers).
To probably absolutely no one’s surprise, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to watch Black Panther on the day it came out at my local cinema.
I liked being able to get a little bit of background on the history of the black panthers, but although the images were very visually appealing, I didn’t feel like they fit with the rest of the movie.
I really liked being able to see something of the culture of Wakanda and the cIonflicts faced with bringing technology into a society that was more traditional. I thought the hints of conflicts between the characters were good and there were some very strong elements of foreshadowing throughout.
I did feel that the trailers for a certain future movie in the franchise removed some of the tension and worry about one of the characters.
While I did like T’Challa, I actually liked his sister and Okoye a whole lot more and I felt they were shown to have a lot more depth to them, while T’Challa was more of the stereotypical hero with his own journey to go on. And I was a bit disappointed that Nakia didn’t really have much depth to her apart from being a fairly stereotypical rebellious love interest.
I didn’t think there was as much humour in this movie as Marvel usually seems to contain, but there was plenty of action and tension to keep me focused throughout.
It was good to see a cameo, however brief, of one of the minor characters -Everett Ross – from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it was really good to see him developed a bit more and to see something of a true friendship forming between him and T’Challa.
One of the strongest parts of the movie, I felt, was the history of T’Challa’s family and how the past resurfaced in the present. I enjoyed seeing the glimpses of the culture and being able to see another character brought from the comics to the MCU.
I couldn’t really say this was my favourite Marvel movie, but I did find it very entertaining and wouldn’t mind watching it again. If you do go to see it, make sure you stay until the end, as there are two extra scenes during and post-credits.