The hype is real. I always try to avoid specifics from early reviews on movies, but I usually hear the general gist. The early reviews for Black Panther were overwhelmingly positive, and the critics were right. This might be one of the best overall movies in the MCU.
Black Panther picks up right where Captain America Civil War left off. King T'Chaka has been killed, and his killer is in custody. The heir to the throne, T'Challa, is heading home for a coronation ceremony.
The opening montage gives us a great, quick, backstory on the country of Wakanda. The events that brought vibranium to the country, and how the country got to where it is now. There's also a nice explanation about why Wakanda hides its technology from the rest of the world.
From beginning to end, I was impressed with all elements of this movie. All of the characters are well developed, and none seem superfluous. Everyone has a reason to be there, and you care for them. Which is a nod to the cast. The acting in this movie is great, and I can't wait to see more of these characters.
The villain in Black Panther follows the trend set by Spider-Man Homecoming of having a villain who has very good motivations. While I won't get into the details now, I found myself agreeing with him, then realizing that what makes him a villain is the way he wants to go about it. Similar to Vulture in Spider-Man, Erik Killmonger has a pretty reasonable goal, although he might be going about it the wrong way.
As I said at the beginning of this review, Black Panther will probably end up going down as one of the best movies in the MCU. The movie has a nice pace, with a great mix of story and action. The costumes and sets are amazing. Not only do they give the futuristic vibe of Wakanda, but they also capture the traditional African style.
Right now I'm struggling with how to grade this one. I'm stuck between an A and an A-. This really is a great comic book movie, and the minor issues I had (mainly some of the special effects) didn't distract me from the movie.
Have you seen Black Panther? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments and help sway my final grade!
Carlos' quick commentary: I'm going to with an A- for Black Panther. The CGI is very cartoonish at time and the Wakanda technological advantage almost jeopardizes the plot's believability and tension. However, those flaws in the end become minor when you compare them against the movie's strengths: deep and relevant socio-political themes, a large cast of characters that are all intriguing, a villain as equally compelling as the protagonist, and a new setting & style that makes the movie feel so fresh despite being the 18th entry in this franchise.