Review | Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

A year after the death of King T’Challa, Wakanda finds itself in the center of of new struggle that might lead to its destruction.

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Review | Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Written by: Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Complete cast and crew are here

Rated PG-13
Running time: 161 Mins

As the only source of vibranium in the world, Wakanda finds itself pitted against the World Council, who demand they share it and others who want it shut down. When a group of CIA miners discover a new source of vibranioum underwater, they anger an undersea empire and Wakanda becomes an unwitting target from both sides.

This is a grand and exciting experience of a movie. Beautiful scenery, plenty of action, and a ton of Marvel history coming to the front. Basset as Queen Ramonda is glorious, and Huerta as Namor is done with stylish flash. There are some thrilling fights, and some breath-taking battles, everything you would expect from a Marvel movie. I especially liked them bringing in Riri Williams as the MCU needs another Tony Stark; we’ll see if she’s up to the task. Always good to see Nyong’o and Duke. Big shout-out to Louis-Dreyfus for being both comic and chilling. Danai Gurira killed it as Okoye; she deserves her own movie.

The city of Talocan was breath-taking.

However, Wright has the weight of the movie to carry and she didn’t quite step up; she was good, but I think she could have been better directed. And there are excrutiatingly long scenes of grief and woe that just weigh down the mood of the movie. I really miss Boseman; he always brought a presence that is severly missed here. The scenes at night — and even some in the day — seemed underlit. But to be fair, I think it might have been the projector in the theater I went to; if someone else goes to see it, please let me know in the comments if you found it too dim. And it’s too long; it could have benefited from some editing down.

I’d recommend this one. Probably not a great date movie, though. Very small kids might be put off from the violence. There is a mid-credits scene, but nothing after that.

Flytrap rating: 7.5/10

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