SO I saw Black Panther Wakanda Forever opening weekend and it’s taken me this long to gather my thoughts. It was a great movie. I’m going to try to avoid spoilers in this review as its a movie that should be seen. Black Panther Wakanda Forever is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Tenoch Huerta as Namor, and Dominigue Thorne as Siri Williams. After the death of King T’Challa, Wakanda must navigate a world gunning for its resources as well as a new power entering the scene of Talokan and Namor. Its really interesting to see how this movie utilizes elements from the first Black Panther movie to help its story and characters deal with the untimely death the character T’Challa, and by extension the death of Chadwick Boseman. It uses these similarities to help the characters and the audience grieve together, as their loss hit a lot of people hard in similar ways. This feeling continues throughout the whole movie and really colours the way the characters act and are motivated throughout. I think it is a great decision to have the movie be this way as it really helps create this sense of vulnerability within Wakanda and to outsiders, and especially to Namor and his new world of Talokan (this universe’s version of Atlantis, which could still exist somewhere). Talokan was an interesting world, different from anything else we’ve seen in the MCU.
I’ll get a bit more about what I mean the movie uses the formula and elements of the first movie to enhance the story of this one. The movie follows a similar plot structure in that it begins with a cold open of people doing things and than a superpower attack on a military installation of some kind, we get scenes of wakanda talking to the world, introduce the villain, wakandans travel to find someone, there’s a car chase, introduction of a new world to the mcu showing off the people and the culture of this new world, freedom leading to war, a major attack on Wakanda that leaves it in the mercy of the Jabari tribes, herb stuff, that leads to the black panther driving to the jabari to lead the charge. Its a good way to keep that link with the first movie, while allowing it to tell its own story while dealing with the grief that the characters and actors feel.
The characters and actors in this movie are all great. Letitia Wright was great again as Shuri, really got a lot of interesting stuff to work with in this movie character wise. She hasn’t fully moved past her brothers death and blames herself for it. She has lost her faith and becomes angry and vengeful which is an interesting place to take the character considering her family. Angela Basset was great as Queen Ramonda. Tenoch Huerta was great as Namor, perfectly enrapturing the feeling and personality of the character even with the big changes they make to the character. He’s a stand-out character in this movie and gets a lot of great moments. Everyone else does a great job in their roles.
The effects are mostly great throughout this movie, Talokan looks great. Namor mostly looks great throughout, the only iffy spots are the panther suit in this. The fights were great throughout, Namor hasn’t really been nerfed and is shown to be very powerful. The final fight was pretty brutal for a marvel movie which I like. They way they depict his powers is great and the weapons of the people of Talokan are great as well. The music was amazing again.
Over-all this was a great marvel movie that should be seen on the big screen. Two-Thumbs Up !
A bit of a blog update now. I’m going to try to be more consistent again, the halloween thing almost worked out but I wasn’t able to post a last review for it. Than this took me longer to write than I wanted too as I was busy the weekend I saw the movie and got sick and wasn’t able to write anything. Should have some holiday stuff coming up though.