Black Panther: Review

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Since he first appeared on our screens in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther has been one of the most highly anticipated film releases of 2018. Chadwick Boseman reprised his role as the mysterious superhero and he didn’t leave the fans disappointed.

The film follows the story of T’Challa (Black Panther’s real name), and his journey to become King of Wakanda. The story is full of twists and turns, with the arrival of the mysterious “Killmonger” (Michael B Jordan) threatening his right to take the throne.

The casting of this film is incredible, with three of the stand out characters being Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Shuri (Letitia Wright). The three of them provided a brilliant amount of comedy, as well as portraying their characters as strong, independent women.

The most noteable element of the casting is that the majority of the cast are black, which is definitely a step in the right direction for casting.

Costumes are a huge part of the film, with the different African tribes been recognised by their clothing. The famous Black Panther suit is also a prominent feature, although there is more than one version of the vibranium suit.

The cinematography in this film is beautiful. Although Wakanda is a fictional country, the beautiful sunsets and landscapes wouldn’t look out of place in any other African country.

The audio adds to the whole experience, with Ludwig Göransson (who was hired to compose the film’s score) travelling to Senegal and South Africa to record local musicians.

As a whole, this film does the people of Africa proud. Although Wakanda is fictional, the people show how important tradition is to the rest of the continent and how many countries still follow the rituals of their ancestors, even if their country is developing extremely quickly.

Black Panther will next be seen in The Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to be released in May 2018.

Black Panther is showing in cinemas nationwide.

 

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