‘Black Panther’ is the rare Marvel movie that makes you care about the villain — and Michael B. Jordan delivers an incredible performance

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Marvel finally gave Black Panther his own movie, and it was worth the wait.
It’s a movie that has lots of action, but also has a deep story about family, heritage, and community.
Michael B. Jordan elevates the movie from good to great.

Like “Wonder Woman” last year, “Black Panther” is a project that fans have been waiting decades to see. And just like “Wonder Woman,” it was worth the wait.

The latest superhero movie brought into Marvel’s MCU may be its most meaningful yet. In a time when audiences want different stories told by (and focused on) people who rarely get the spotlight, “Black Panther” comes at the perfect time.

Director Ryan Coogler — who showed with “Creed” that he could work within the confines of an existing franchise and still give us something special — uses the tools and resources that come with Marvel Studios to build out a movie that isn’t just filled with action (and sometimes has a Bond film vibe), but also brings the audience on an emotional journey about family and community.

We meet up with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) following the death of his father (which happened in “Captain America: Civil War”) and his return to Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. Immediately, we are thrust into the beauty, technology, and heritage that is Wakanda, a nation located in Africa that Black Panther rules over, and is technologically advanced due to the use of a special material called Vibranium.

The fact that Wakanda is hidden has protected its people, but T’Challa knows that the tech they possess could help those outside its walls. Should he let his kingdom be more open to the outside world? It’s something he ponders until he learns that Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), now sporting an arm cannon since “Age of Ultron,” is causing trouble with the Vibranium he possesses. When T’Challa investigates with his new and improved Black Panther suit, it’s revealed that Klaue has teamed with Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who has a shocking backstory related to T’Challa and his family that could affect everything T’Challa is trying to do.

Honestly, there are moments in this movie that get really deep. This is far from a Marvel movie with constant action. There’s a solid story in “Black Panther” (written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole), which might get tiresome for some audiences. But what it does is help with delving into the story arc of Killmonger, and bolsters Jordan’s standout villain performance.

Jordan plays a Killmonger fueled with hate and emptiness — we won’t give away why — but he also delivers it with a swagger that’s just a joy to watch. The movie takes off more in story and viewing enjoyment whenever Jordan is on screen.

Perhaps the biggest strength of “Black Panther” is its character development. This is particularly true for T’Challa’s sassy sister/tech wiz Shuri (Letitia Wright), and the head of his royal guard, Okoye (Danai Gurira), who are major scene-stealers.

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Source:: Business Insider


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