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Newest Marvel film lacks in unique villain character

March 29, 2018

 

Black Panther – 4 out of 5 stars

 

ASHLEY LAMBERT
Staff Reporter | apl007@latech.edu

 

After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, T’challa (Chadwick Boseman) travels back to his home country to take his rightful place as king and uphold the responsibility of becoming the Black Panther. Once home, he faces conflicts in his attempts to become king and assume all responsibilities.

 

In almost every aspect of the movie, this was an immaculate film from the wardrobe choices, the visual and special effects, camera angles to most all of the casting choices. Black Panther’s villain was my main point of concern. While Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) is a decently developed villain with a good, yet unoriginal, backstory of the young boy from a rough neighborhood who was orphaned at a young age.

 

The acting portrayed by Jordan was subpar. Granted, Jordan is quite nice to look at and has done well in other roles, this role seemed to be too parallel with the role he portrayed in “Creed”. He hardly changed anything from this character from that and it was noticeable. He used the same facial expressions, accent and tone in his voice and persona. He could have made this role much better than the final product portrayed.

 

In a way it felt like halfway through production they realized that Jordan was not as prepared for the role as anticipated. They may have cut out some scenes because it was as if, for a lead villain he did not have as much screen time in the movie as a typical lead villain should typically have.

 

The mirror between “Black Panther” and “Lion King” was absolutely stunning and made it more in-depth and emotional. When T’Challa speaks to his father from the afterlife under the tree it is a beautiful rendition of the way Simba would speak to Mufasa in the stars of the night sky.

 

The portrayal of the Dora Milaje was spectacular. These strong women warriors not only took on how the comics described their capabilities, but also encompassed the actual warrior women of Africa, the Libyan Amazons .These Amazonian warriors from what was originally North Africa are where the director drew inspiration for the warriors’ wardrobe for the movie.

 

Overall, I give this movie a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars. The movie was so well put together, the wardrobe was on point, and special effects were stunning, and the scenery was magnificent. Furthermore, the majority of the acting was absolutely on point, but where one lacked the others made up for it. I digress. Overall, this was a wonderfully put together, well-told film that is well worth the watch and hype it brought to the cinematic world.

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