Wakanda Forever! – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #16
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman
Director: Ryan Coogler
Synopsis: After the death of his father King T’Chaka (John Kani), Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must return to Wakanda to perform the Black Panther ceremony and take his rightful place as the new king. When a stranger turns up at the boarders declaring blood right and challenging him for the position of King, T’Challa must take charge to protect his country and the rest of the world.
Opinion: Where do I start with this movie? How about it’s great, it’s so great, no seriously it’s awesome! The performances are brilliant, the story is strong and well executed and the themes throughout are subtle yet powerful. Even on a second viewing it was as awe inspiring and captivating as the first. I mean every single character has the perfect place and presence in the film with outstanding performances by the whole cast… Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) with his thoughtful and serious style but just the right amount of humour and the power of the panther yep that’s king materiel right there. Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) what a bad guy, what a presence, what a personality…the ability to have me hating him and feeling sorry for him all at the same time is a fine talent both in script and performance. But…..but….the ladies!! My FAVOURITE badass (both in Walking Dead and now this) Danai Gurira as the ass kicking, smart, strong, powerful, best head guard ever Okoye and of course Letitia Wright as the highly intelligent, hilariously witty and also super badass Shuri.
So, besides the cast/characters there is a wonderful script, incredible views and imagery, some amazingly epic fight scenes (car chases, full on battle that has Rhinos and one on one challenges) and my other favourite thing, a fantastic soundtrack. Honestly, the mix of traditional and modern music’s throughout really builds on the characteristics of Wakanda as a whole, that it still is very much a traditional society with its beliefs and honouring’s and ways of life but surrounded with the most modern technologies and advancements and intelligence. It’s a wonderful balance that I feel is really heightened by that musical mix and it really helps draw the emotions from the film to you in only the way great music can.
So as you can tell, I loved this movie and while it does feel quite different in tone and presentation compared to the others in the series, it also feels so very familiar and right at home in the universe. This movie really is something special and I encourage everyone to watch it, Avengers fan or not, it works as a stand-alone film and it’s so worth it.
Fun Facts: Stan Lee has his cameo of course and is hilarious as always. Also, there are 2 credit scenes again the first as a sort of continuation of this film and the second as a reminder of things that happened in previous ones.