WARNING: This reviewer is not a consumer of comic books. Any inconsistencies with the comics will not be addressed here. It only reflects the film as a standalone work.
Having not even heard of the Black Panther comics until a movie was going to be made, I had no idea what to expect. However, the work drew me in to the fantasy world-within-a-world of Wakanda quickly. One of the things that stood out was how vibrant the reality created was.
The jewellery in the work is outstanding, and ranges from the ceremonial to the everyday. It is packed into the work everywhere you look. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets that double as comms devices - and even the weapons and armour glisten.
The work has been praised for its female roles, and it’s easy to see why. It’s extremely refreshing to see no fuss about women generals, warriors or technology experts, and the focus on ability, not their ‘hotness’ (though as you would expect with stars, male and female, they are all pretty hot!). It wasn’t until Martin Freeman appeared as Agent Ross that I even realised he was the only white ‘goody’ in it. However, the jokes made were more about him being from our (less advanced) world, and his skills were still put to good use.
The only thing to criticise is the bottom-numbingly long runtime of 134 minutes, but it’s easy to forget as you are lost in the work and the action never stops. At its heart, there are many themes that make for a good story. Family, betrayal, feuds, revenge – Black Panther has it all.
CONCLUSION: This panther roars!
Overall rating: Not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, but definitely worth a watch.
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