Marvel’s latest blockbuster hit, Black Panther, has had a hype train rolling full steam ever since its announcement in 2015, the trailers showed us at the very least it would look good but without a doubt, it does so more than just look good. Black Panther dons an incredible soundtrack filled with hip-hop beats interlaced with a variety of African drums that add a sense of black culture and an Afrocentric vibe to every establishing scene.
Black Panther’s narrative, while doing the Marvel staple of giving the villain the same power as the protagonist, is nothing like your average superhero movie. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) inherits the throne of Wakanda and formally assumes the role of Black Panther. Supporting T’Challa during his reign as king and tenure as Black Panther are Okoye (Danai Gurira), the leader of Wakanda’s royal guard, Shuri (Letitia Wright), T’Challa’s sister and Wakanda’s lead scientist and espionage “War Dog”, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o).
Never before has a superhero film featured such a relatable villain like Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Serving as a disruption to Wakanda as the embodiment of the thousands of years of black history ignored by Wakanda, Killmonger doesn’t let down as an antagonist whether it’s his combat prowess or drive. The antagonistic relationship between T’Challa and Killmonger is one that treads the ideas of isolationism and interventionism regarding oppressed black communities around the world.
Black Panther doesn’t hold too much back with its dialogue and what is held back is easily inferred. While Shuri has most of the funniest quips it’s the dialogue between Killmonger and T’Challa the add a sense of realism. This realism solemn reaches its peak with Killmonger’s final line that, without doubt, would leave an audience in awe.
With an opening day as impressive as those of Thor: Ragnarok and Doctor Strange Black Panther currently holds a 97% fresh rating on rotten tomato and a 7.1/10 over on IMDB enduring through attempts to deliberately reduce its score.