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Opinion: Black Panther is an extravagant cinematic experience.
Marvel’s new extravaganza Black Panther is entertaining to the hilt and all credit must go to the amazingly rich CGI-VFX, the grand vision and deliciously deadly action scenes. Although the story is a letdown, nothing new in it when you see the base, two brothers, one good and one bad trying hard to get the throne, no prizes for guessing the good ultimately wins. We have seen it many times can’t even count yet we root for Black Panther aka King T’Challa, all this became possible because of the absolutely mouthwatering screenplay decorated with vibrant colors and larger than life frames. Despite the predictable proceedings of the story, the first-rate screenplay of Joe Robert Cole, Ryan Coogler, and Jack Kirby forces us to be invested in the actions of the film because we want to witness how the things will unravel which we already know. Of course the movie oozes style from the beginning to the end.
Let’s talk about the performances, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther is very effective, we have seen him in Captain America: Civil War and here as the main lead he takes this role forward and opts to play it in a really cool way. Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens has sleek bad boy look though in the acting department he is not that impressive. Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, the love interest, and spy of Wakanda is praiseworthy while I am still wondering why an actor of caliber like Forest Whitaker said yes to play the insignificant role of Zuri in the film, maybe you just can’t resist working in a Marvel film. Martin Freeman as the CIA agent is cute, Danai Gurira as Okoye, the commander of Wakanda is really solid. The show stealer for me is Letitia Wright, who plays the role of Princess of Wakanda, the little sister of Black Panther. She is super fun and lifts the film whenever she comes on the screen and not to forget the music of Ludwig Göransson which is adrenaline pumping and a major highlight of the film. The direction of Ryan Coogler is very good, he shows the power of both his authority and screenwriting through his big-ticket vision. Take your kids along and watch this super entertaining fare, not the best Marvel film but certainly a worth watch, I’ll give 3.5 stars out of five and now eagerly waiting for the next huge Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War, come fast 27th May.