After two weeks of being told how great this movie is, I finally watched it last night and I have a lot to say about it. But before I get into that, I just want to say that Black Panther is by no means a bad movie. I’m not saying that the people who love this movie are wrong, I’m just not one of them because I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
Before we dive into what bothered me, let’s talk about the good stuff.
I really liked how the world of Wakanda looked. It had a very rich feeling to it because they did a great job at showcasing how dense and diverse the culture of the place is. The different tribes, the technology they use and their rituals gave the world a very lived in feeling.
I also liked the relationship between T’Challa and his sister. She was a really cool side character who was basically Oracle if you consider T’Challa to be Batman (Which he isn’t.)
By far, the best character in the entire movie was Erik Killmnonger and Michael B. Jordan did a great job portraying him. We understood his motivation and cared about his character and he proved to be a very imposing threat to the people of Wakanda.
And about here is where the movie fell apart for me.
I’m going to get into heavy spoilers here. Leave now if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want it to be ruined for you.
This movie succeeded in a place where most Marvel movies fail, it gave us a great villain. But, it failed in places where most Marvel movies don’t have any trouble.
The movie is horribly paced. The first half of the movie is filled with characters talking about vague stuff that doesn’t move the plot forward in any way.
Also, Kendrick Lamar produced a magnificent soundtrack for this film and they used close to none of it. Sad to see something so amazing go to waste like that.
Sadly, T’Challa is the most boring protagonist Marvel has had to date. It’s not like I wanted him to be all quippy and clever, but the dude literally sleepwalked through the movie, just moving from scene to scene, looking tired as shit.
Now what Erik Killmonger wanted to do was use the resources of Wakanda to liberate all oppressed black people all over the world. He wanted to send resources to all those places in the world where oppression is rampant. Honestly, this made a lot of sense to me. Wakanada had been in hiding all this while and they were sitting on resources that could help the world. When T’Challa is asked why he didn’t help anyone out there in the world he said “I am not the King of the World. I am the King of Wakanda.” or some shit like that. Which is fine and had he stuck to that resolution, the movie would have been okay.
But he didn’t and that’s where the movie stopped making sense.
So Erik Killmonger beats up T’Challa’s weak ass in hand to hand combat and becomes the new Black Panther. I was okay with this. It would have been great if they had let Killmonger be the new Black Panther for a while and actually showed us if his plan fell apart or not. But we all knew that T’Challa wasn’t dead when he fell from that waterfall.
So in the end, T’Challa comes back and kills Killmonger and goes back to being King. He then immediately lets the world know that Wakanda exists and starts offering aid to oppressed people all over the world.
HAHAHA! WHAT THE SHIT?!
Marvel finally had a good villain on their hands. But, they treated him like any other disposable Marvel villain by killing him off for no reason.
They could have ended it with T’Challa realising that he was wrong. He could’ve have tried to convince Killmonger to work towards a mutual cause. This would have given T’Challa more depth and made us relate to him.
Instead T’Challa killed Killmonger just so he could steal his plan and pass it off as his own. This was upsetting to say the least because I cared more about Killmonger than I did about wannabe Batman.
This was a step in the right direction for Marvel. They finally gave us an antagonist who wasn’t really the bad guy. I came out of a marvel movie conflicted for the first time. This movie had a complex character which they labelled the bad guy because they didn’t want to ditch the Marvel formula.
It was just upsetting to see so much potential going to waste. This movie was too long and had too little an impact on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What sucks is that it could’ve been an important story, but it isn’t.
I still do recommend that you check it out and form your own opinion. The chances of you actually having a bad time with this one are few.