Film Review: Black Panther

The Grown up Marvel Movie We’ve Been Waiting For


Mya Gates & April Cuarenta

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Sonya Curiel, Entertainment Reporter

Marvel’s Black Panther, released Feb. 16, is actually the first superhero movie to have an almost full black cast with cultural representation. A lot of people feel that it is a good representation of the black community, with an African setting, African inspired clothing and music.

“I thought the movie was really good,”said Jonathan Amare. “It dealt with a lot of racial issues and a lot of injustices that go on today. They portrayed it in a way that it could make it relatable to everyone.”

Black Panther takes place in the fictional nation named Wakanda which is highly advanced in technology. The superhero Black Panther, played by actor Chadwick Boseman, returns to Africa after the death of his father to become king. He later finds out that someone has stolen a big amount of the power source Vibranium and seeks to find the person who stole it.

He teams up with Okoye, a trusted female warrior, played by actress Danai Gurira, his sister Shuri played by actress Letitia Wright, his ex girlfriend Nakia played by actress Lupita Nyong’o and CIA agent Everett K. Ross, played by actor Martin Freeman.

On the way, Black Panther finds out the reason for his father’s death and his mistakes. He is later challenged for the throne and finds himself in a bigger conflict which puts the nation of Wakanda and the rest of the world in danger. It is up to him and his allies to prevent the enemy from creating a world war.

Inside Edition reported that the movie was so amazing that it got people dancing in the theater after watching the movie, a man proposed to his girlfriend in a Brooklyn theater, and kids had a stage photoshoot inspired by the movie.
At the Rave Cinema in Culver City, the night of the movie people were excited, cheering and anxious to get a seat in order to watch the movie.

One scene that amazed many was when Black Panther and his team were chasing the culprit and his sister hacked into a Lexus for her to control all the way from her laboratory in Wakanda, allowing Black Panther jump on to catch up to the person faster.

“Michael B. Jordan was the best part of the movie because he wasn’t just a villain that threatened the world,” said Ty Martinez. “He talked like some real, cold, hard facts and issues that we face today and it’s just like a big part of his environment that is relatable. Like you understand where he was coming from and why he was doing what he was doing. The best part was his finishing quote.”

The Oarsman gives Black Panther a 10/10.