Review: Black Panther Is One Of Marvel's Best Ever Movies (Non-Spoiler)

There has been some criticism towards more recent MCU movies for them forcing too many jokes or having formulaic storytelling. Thankfully, Black Panther breaks the cookie cutter mold to bring audiences a much more different experience.

Even though I enjoyed 2017's MCU movies such as Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, they were too comedic for some people.

The only MCU movie I disliked last year was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because I felt the story was cliche and it forced in too many unfunny jokes.

Even as far back as 2015 and 2016, MCU movies were starting to feel the same.

It can be argued that both Ant-Man and Doctor Strange had similar plot telling tropes as the first Iron Man film because they were all origin stories.

Thankfully, Black Panther is a much more different Marvel film that does not feel like its MCU cousins.

It's not the usual origin story movie and nor does it force in too much unwanted humor. It's actually a blend of many movie genres put into one.

I do not want to spoil anything about the story because it's best to watch this film with an open mind. The trailers were smart as they did not reveal any big events that happen in the movie whatsoever.

What I will say is that Black Panther touches upon many different themes mostly to do about power and governments.

Since the main character T'Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is now a King, he has to decide what's best for the country of Wakanda.

The film touches upon some modern social issues which is very powerful and meaningful. The film is also very respectful to the African heritage and culture even though Wakanda is a fictional nation.

That said, Wakanda looks awesome on the big screen and Black Panther is by far one of the most beautiful films you will ever see in the MCU portfolio.

Even when the film goes to South Korea at night, the lighting effects look great.

In terms of the cast, everyone is decent as Boseman is a likable hero as T'Challa. Michael B. Jordan is also one of the best MCU villains of all time thanks to a meaningful backstory. Not to mention he fights like a badass when he becomes "Killmonger".

However, my favorite cast member is Letitia Wright who plays T'Challa's little sister named Shuri. She reminds me of Rihanna as she's very funny, and also serves as T'Challa's personal gadget maker.

Shuri is like Q from the James Bond series and it's funny to see her interactions with her brother. There are also a lot of cool looking warrior women too that help out Black Panther in the action packed finale.

Speaking of action, this movie has a great pace and I was never bored while watching it. Every scene has a purpose that further shows how conflicted each character is in this movie whether they are both good or bad.

I also admired how this film gets inspiration from lots of other films. I saw essences of The Dark Knight, James Bond, The Lion King and even Wonder Woman in this movie.

Overall, Black Panther is by far one of the best films in the MCU and you should watch it even if you usually don't like Marvel films.

It's a more serious and meaningful film that you are unlikely to forget in the weeks to come.

Verdict: 5/5 stars

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