Black Panther exhibits cultural wonder
By BRANDON SAGLAM
The King of Wakanda makes his arrival in his first solo film, “Black Panther.” Directed by Ryan Coogler and hosting a star-studded cast such as Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o the film explores the struggle of taking on power and the challenges the position of leadership places upon oneself.
T’Challa, the Black Panther, is somewhat unearthed to the audience showing depth to the character following his debut appearance in “Captain America: Civil War” where the death of his father occurred and his role in the film was simply a revenge plot. Now coming into his standalone film, the character’s origins are fully revealed.
An excellent part of the story is the exposure to the culture of the fantasy city Wakanda, which the creators of the film went to great lengths to provide cultural accuracy when it came to the outfits and styles Wakandans wear. The film was very adept at immersing the audience in Wakandan culture from politics, fashion, architecture and customs.
While “Black Panther” exhibits this display of cultural wonder it is also capable of balancing this with action and humor without losing a serious tone. The film provided for the comic book fans, but it was not just a simple superhero movie, as it carried the important theme of racial injustice and brought forth the question of whether or not it is one’s obligation to use one’s power to help others. “Black Panther” as a film delivers these messages strongly as it weaves it elegantly into the plot making them of importance without becoming what some would consider preachy. These are important themes as they align with current political issues which this film shows that superhero films can carry important themes that can be part of open discussion.
The film contains an enthralling story and while some believe more could have been done with characters such as Killmonger and Shuri, the resounding response to the film has been of praise. It should be noted though that while much of the cinematography was impressive there were scenes where the CGI editing looks poor and possibly unfinished as it stood out very much within the film, but it was minimal and there is a clearly massive amount of effort that went into creating “Black Panther.”
“Black Panther” stands strong as a standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and deserves utmost praise. This is an excellent film containing action, humor and drama, making it a film that anyone can enjoy.
Black Panther deviates from comic book, but that is not always a bad thing
By WILLIE MALVEAUX
The portrayal of the characters in the film is one of the best in being that T’challa and Killmonger were very well portrayed, and unlike many other Marvel movies, they did not stray too far from their comic personalities, especially for the villains which tend to be exceptionally bad.
The subject matter of the film originates from the 1973 comic “Jungle Action #6” in which Killmonger is first introduced into the Marvel Universe as the antagonist of the Black Panther, challenging him for the title of the king of Wakanda. This does greatly reward fans of the comics.
In the film, the major difference between T’challa and the villain is that T’challa is seen as using his power selfishly and not endeavoring to help people. However, in the original comics, Killmonger is outraged at T’challa’s participation in global trade and alliance with the Avengers.
One major difference between the character in the film and comics, however, is that it seems to have the role of the character and Black Panther reversed as far as ideals. The comics portray Killmonger more conservatively, making him stage a revolution to revert Wakanda to a more ancient version of itself whereas T’challa in the comics is constantly running to the Avengers, engaging in trade and trying to modernize the country. Aside from that point the movie does a very good job representing the comics and is a treat to hardcore fans and casual moviegoers alike.