Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

While watching Captain America: Civil War, a huge question came up; one which we all needed an answer to.

Will there be a Black Panther movie?

Luckily, we got an answer, and it was a really entertaining one.

Don’t get me started on how hot.

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Ages ago, five African tribes fought over a vibranium mine and when a warrior gained super power from it, he became the first Black Panther and united the tribes.

Wakanda then became an insanely advanced country, with technology so out of this world considering that they were made of vibranium. However, to protect their sources, the Wakandans decided to pose as a poor third world country and avoid attention. So they had to hide, and their guardian, the Black Panther, had the duty to protect the people.

The Black Panther role was passed down from one king to another, and as we all learned in Captain America Civil War, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) had embraced the role and fought with Tony Stark.

So we got to the part where T’Challa became the king. Wow. When you think he can’t get any hotter he proves you wrong.

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Sadly, T’Challa already got a love interest, and heiress named Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), his ex, who proved herself to be an equal match to the king. Sigh.

With great power comes great responsibility, and T’Challa struggled while trying to figure out how to rule his people and protect them, while doing what his heart told him to do.

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When his long lost cousin, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) came to claim the throne and rule the world, T’Challa had to face his worst fears and be the king he was always meant to be.

Since a lot of people haven’t seen this movie, I cannot spoil it. But I must say, that it was quite an experience watching it.

It’s visually stunning, and is really unlike anything I’ve seen. Wakanda somewhat reminded me of Elven Cities, which is a weird thought, but it’s just that beautiful. The actors are also stunning. I have a new favorite, Danai Gurira who played as General Okoye.

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That is one heck of a woman!!! Fierce, strong, determined, powerful. A leader. Terrifying and intimidating. Everything I’d ever wanted to see in a girl hero. And she is gorgeous.

Lupita Nyong’o’s character, Nakia, also won me over. Then there’s T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, who made me so happy because she was a nerd of a princess. Possibly, if not definitely, smarter than any genius Marvel hero we’ve seen so far. She’s nerdy, cheeky, and badass. That is one princess you don’t want to miss.

It is about time that Marvel movies start including crazy powerful women like this.

I won’t lie, most of the time when the girls weren’t on the screen, I just wanted them to be. Their works were mesmerizing, and I just wanted a movie for all those girls working together.

And Martin Freeman better get back on Sherlock because I miss that show. Watching him in this movie made me realize that Dr. Watson and Sherlock have been too busy playing heroes when they’re supposed to entertain me on daily TV.

Now, despite my obvious love for this movie, it isn’t without flaws.

Sadly, the background stories weren’t enough to build an emotional connection to the characters. I was fascinated by everything, and I also questioned some holes that they never covered. I am sure they’ll just tape over the holes and move on to another movie. But for me, there was a lot going on in that movie to actually have a special scene that I could say I loved best, or most memorable.

It could be the writing, perhaps they tried to cover as much as they could in this one movie, that some things felt a bit messy. I can say that if I care enough for a character to he scared for his or her life, it means I am totally sold.

The plotline stayed in the usual equation, the safe off-to-happy-end that Marvel always sells. Which is fine. I have no problem with that. It has similar glitches to Thor Ragnarok, and they’re not that bad.

In the end, it was still a very enjoyable watch. And I am excited for more.

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More of the girls, please.

Black Panther is a 9/10 for me. Because I know I will watch it again. And again and again.

Wakanda forever!

 

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