So, I just saw Black Panther. (Well, save for the after credits bit, it’s paused at the start of the credits)
Where its stellar reputation ended up doing Thor: Ragnarok quite a bit of damage when I finally saw it on BR, this film had no such difficulty living up to the plaudits. It is a very, very assured piece of work that only made one mis-step on the final stretch.
The pre-credits sequence with T’Chaka was smart, as was the alphabet intros for locations.
As to the story? It’s always the “best friend” who you should kill first and so it proves with a traitorous piece o’ shit called W’Kabi - and yes, Okaye should have absolutely ripped him a new one, especially when he finally gave in. Oh, you’re sorry now? Without him, none of the crap would have happened. Fuck that guy. Similarly, the end bit when T’Challa is going weepy over Killmonger - man the hell up. He doesn’t give a shit about your traditions, he’ll kill you, your family, your pets, your entire nation - fuck that guy too.
But the rest of the movie was so awesome. From her very first scene Okaye was a brilliant character - the moves she gets to pull both in the casino fight and outside in the car chase were excellent. From start to finish its two hours of near-perfectly crafted entertainment, with a cast that work perfectly, in every role.
Bringing back Ross and Klau worked very well, as did finishing off Klau’s story in fitting fashion.
If you’d told Marvel that film about a futuristic African superpower with a majority black cast would take $1.3bn at the box office in the era of Trump and Brexit, there’d have been a level of scepticism. Sure Marvel are ambitious but they, nor anyone else, saw that coming. Along the way its set new standards for what can done in representational terms and shown there’s no zero-sum between doing that and making one hell of an entertaining movie.
All right, it’s time - bring on Avengers: Infinity War… What do you mean there’s no release date for the BR?