There has been a lot of buzz about Marvel’s newest movie coming to the big screen – Black Panther. I’ll admit going into the character going in – I’m more the Marvel Movie fan instead of the comic books. We even watched 101 Facts about Black Panther to get a little more familiar with the characters and Wakanda. But, there hasn’t been a Marvel movie yet we haven’t at least liked, and went in excited to watch Black Panther. The movie doesn’t disappoint, and the few times before we’ve seen T’Challa are expanded upon. The movie is the perfect blend of character building and back story, and is the perfect date night movie. There are so many reasons to love Black Panther, and we’re going to give just a few that are all spoiler free of course!
Black Panther has one of the largest African American casts to date, including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker Angela Bassett and many others. The talent emanates from the screen and you are instantly transported to Wakanda. The actors completely embody their characters, and are perfectly cast for each of their roles.
Strong Female Leads and Characters
Wakanda isn’t like any country we know or live in. While they are ruled by a King, women are not put in a submissive role. The Queen mother and several counsel women help the King rule the country and stand by his side. From a love interest who is not submissive but could rule in her own right and a protective guard of warrior women – Dora Milaje, Black Panther has strong women figures throughout the film. They are smart, they can fight and they will protect what they love.
Highlights Women in Technology
The strength in Wakanda doesn’t just come from the Vibranium, but by the technology they create with it. The head of their technology and even medical area is the Princess Shuri. Even as a young woman she is intelligent and creating things that the rest of the world couldn’t imagine. While this is highlighted by Shuri’s character, it’s refreshing to see a young woman in a roll that could lead many other women into the technology and medical field.
Fantastic Battle Scenes
From hand to hand combat, weapons, battle scenes and even air battle – Black Panther has it all. Some battle scenes will have you holding your breath, others have moments that make you laugh out loud. There isn’t anywhere that the battle wont go, and with technology involved there is no boundary to where someone can be fighting from.
We all know that Wakanda doesn’t actually exist on a map (or is it really cloaked that well?) With the combination of graphics and actual location shooting Marvel brings it to life. The movie moves seamlessly from being on the ground in Africa to the high tech areas of Wakanda. There is a nice juxtaposition of what the world sees and what Wakanda actually is. With the technology spin, Marvel does take a little liberty with ways the characters can communicate and interact with the world around them. It will make you want that technology as well.
Black Panther opens this weekend, and yes – it’s the perfect date night movie! Be sure to sit through the credits there are two clips after the movie: one mid-credit and one at the end.
Black Panther Official Trailer:
About Black Panther:
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.