Anticipation for Marvel’s Black Panther has been swelling leading up to Friday’s nationwide release. It’s been amazing to see all the photos on Facebook of Black people dressing in African attire and garbs for pre-screenings around Toronto.
This film does not disappoint! In fact it exceeded expectations. Ryan Coogler appears to be capable of making any genre of film, keeping his stellar track record intact.
It’s difficult to find any criticisms in Coogler’s Black Panther. The film hits on all cylinders, from writing, acting, to special effects. Numerous action sets will keep comic-book fans thoroughly entertained and, surprisingly, a great deal of emotional heft in between the action will keep you fully invested in what happens to these characters. Michael B. Jordan‘s Erik Killmonger will tear at your heart strings, despite his villainous ways, you’d have to be a heartless robot to not empathize with his character and his motives. Danai Gurira‘s Okoye is so fierce as T’Challa’s body guard, she damn near steals the movie.
Clocking in at 2hrs 15mins, bedazzled by so much Black excellence, the time flew by. When the lights come on, and the movie’s over, you’ll want to go back to Wakanda as soon as possible. And maybe want to stay, forever.
(BTW, there are two more scenes to see after the credits start rolling!)