Black Panther is a film that I was really looking forward to because one of my favorite actors was finally stepping out of a heroic role and into a role as a villain. In addition, I did enjoy our first look at the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War so I wanted to see this character flushed out more in his own story. That is exactly what we got in this film. After viewing the first trailer I was ready to enjoy this film on the big screen. I stopped watching most of the follow up trailers and TV spots because I wanted to experience this character and story for the first time on the big screen.
This cast is full of star power and I was excited about it. All of these actors and actresses completely immersed themselves in the characters that they were playing. Not once during the film was I think that they were themselves. Black Panther does a great job of storytelling and it is not just a story that an African American can relate to but it did a great job of reaching all cultures. The story is universal.
While Chadwick Boseman really brings T’Challa to life, The stand out star for me was Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger. Every time he is on screen he draws you in and makes you feel his pain and understand his motivation to the point where I found myself rooting for the villain through the film.
Black Panther has also fixed some of the problems I have had with marvel as a whole. I have expressed before that the films have failed to stand alone and just seem to serve the next big film. That is not the case with Black Panther. It stands alone with a great story and with a two minute cutscene which ties it to the universe and does not take away from the adventure at hand.
Black panther is visually stunning and a movie that should be enjoyed multiple times in the theater. Cinema Wise gives Black Panther a 4.25 out of 5.