4YE Reviews: Black Panther Introduces Us To The Incredible World of Wakanda

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In Captain America: Civil War, we were introduced to Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), better known as Black Panther, who has lost his father and was going to be King of Wakanda. Since his first appearance in the MCU, everyone was looking forward to his solo movie Black Panther and rightly so. Black Panther is easily one of the best MCU movies we have seen, if not even the best.

In the beginning of the movie, we are given a potted history of Wakanda, and it gives a nice introduction to the country. Wakanda is revealed as a highly advanced nation even though the rest of the world thinks it is a third world country.

After what has happened in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns to Wakanda to get crowned King and take over the reign of his dead father. But before he can be crowned King, he is stripped of his Black Panther powers and take on everyone who wants to challenge him. After successfully competing, T’Challa is crowned king but has to face an even greater challenge yet.

Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) together with Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) stole a Wakandan artefact from a British museum and want to sell it to an American in South Korea. T’Challa, along with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira), a general of the Dora Milaje want to stop Klaue and bring him back to Wakanda for what he has done in the past.

In South Korea, the three Wakandans meet CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) again who turns out wanted to buy the artefact from Klaue in order to arrest him. After their attempts have failed, T’Challa and his allies do everything in their power to stop Klaue and Killmonger. All the while the King has to decide if Wakanda should follow its old ideas to keep their advanced technology hidden or if they should share it with the world like Klaue and Killmonger want to do.

Watch the trailer below again to get an idea of what Black Panther is about and see why everyone cannot wait to watch it:

Even though it was really brief, I really liked that we got introduced to Wakanda with its history and how it was possible for the country to develop such advanced technology while the rest of the world isn’t able to.

The visual effects that helped Wakanda and its technologies to become alive were outstanding and it was just so well done that you really thought you were there. It also made you wish we actually had all their technology yet.

Chadwick Boseman is pretty much the perfect Black Panther and while we already knew that from his performance in Captain America: Civil War, yet his solo movie reinforces the thought. Obviously, we knew that T’Challa was to become King no matter what, but I really liked to see him struggle with his new obligations and responsibilities, especially given the challenge he faced to make Wakanda and its technologies are known to the world or not and it was nicely explained why it was a difficult decision to make. He wasn’t the strong and powerful King in the beginning but that is what made him so good. He’s learning as he goes and I cannot wait to see more of him in Avengers: Infinity War.

As it is the time of women, I have to point out the strong women in Black Panther and especially how much I appreciated the strong female warriors of Wakanda who are led by General Okoye, played by Danai Gurira.  I just loved her character and the way she could even use a wig as a weapon to incapacitate the enemy. Though she wasn’t just physically strong but also in every other sense of the word and it especially showed in the end, when she stood up to her love in order to fight for what she believed in and is loyal to.

Lupita Nyongo’o was just as fantastic as Nakia and I particularly liked that she was her own woman, just like Okoye and T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright. Nakia also proved that she doesn’t have to listen to the man she loves, in order to find her place in the world.

Shuri was another example of a strong woman, even though her knowledge lay more in advancing their technology even more. She’s basically the mastermind behind all of Wakanda’s weapons and technologies and it was great to see a woman in charge of that!

The women of Wakanda find their way in the world without the help of men and they prove that women are capable of a lot of great things, more than men can even think of. I cannot wait to see more of them in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War!

The only thing I didn’t like so much about the movie was the fact that we hardly got any backstory of Erik Killmonger and why he hates T’Challa and his family so much. I mean, we saw where he came from but only very briefly and I wish they had gone into a bit more detail there because from what we got to see, it was a bit hard to imagine where it all went wrong.

Other than that Black Panther is a fantastic movie that finally gives us our first black superhero in the MCU and the movie does him justice in every way possible. At last, I also have to point out the soundtrack which just made this movie even more amazing and enjoyable.

Black Panther hits movie theaters this week and I can only urge everyone to go and see it.

Anna Hattingen

Anna Hattingen

25 year old college student with a passion for Netflix & Chill and exploring the world (but not at the same time), currently based in London and enjoying life.
Anna Hattingen