Black Panther: A Superhero and a Country

The new Marvel movie, Black Panther, has received much criticism and many reviews–most often described as “the best movie Marvel has come out with”–and is now the third-highest grossing movie of all-time in the United States box office. So, I went to watch it. I one hundred percent agree: it’s definitely the best movie that Marvel has come out with, and the best movie I’ve seen this year.

If you haven’t been caught up with all the recent movies, Black Panther is a movie about a man named T’Challa. He is king of Wakanda and superhero Black Panther, and must fight with enemies from the outside world who attack Wakanda in order to mine its precious metal vibranium. (WARNING: major spoilers ahead)

Although Black Panther is a movie that features action to keep viewer’s attentions, throughout the movie, one major theme still remains clear: love for a country, love for the people, and love for what’s right. T’Challa goes through a change. He starts off as a child, self confident and proud, and ends as a mature adult, thinking less about himself, and more about his duties as king of Wakanda and sharing vibranium with the rest of the world. With his love for his country and people in mind, he fights his cousin, Erik, for the throne to do what’s right. Erik wants to wage war on the world, and have total dominance. On the other hand, T’Challa wants peace, and to share the knowledge of Wakanda instead of using it for power.

M’Baku plays a minor role, but it hands down my favorite character of all time. He adds humor to the serious movie. He made me laugh at the most intense of moments, and loosens the mood. He gives viewers something to talk about while walking out of the theater.

Another thing I loved about Black Panther was how it showed the stereotypes that are set, and defied them. One of the extra scenes after the end credits was of T’Challa presenting his idea to join the world to provide humanitarian aid, and one man asked: “…and what does Wakanda have to give to us?” His statement shows that African countries are shown as poor, in need of improvement/help, and behind in the technology advances of the world. Wakanda, on the other hand, is the opposite of all these assumptions. Thanks to the help of T’Challa’s sister, Wakanda is more advanced than all other countries, and the world hasn’t yet seen what Wakanda can bring to the table.

So, looking at all these points, I would rate Black Panther a 9.5/10. I loved the plot, the characters, and the real world connections, but I would have loved it even more if it had more action, plot twists, and excitement. Maybe an epilogue would make it complete. But overall IT WAS AMAZING and I would totally recommend that you watch it.

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