BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, FOREVER THE BEST MARVEL MOVIE
A REVIEW By Danielle Hargraves
Many fans, including myself, were worried about the outcome of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever due to the passing of Chadwick Boseman, who played the iconic King T’Challa, but Marvel did not disappoint.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the second installment of Marvel’s Black Panther series. Wakanda Forever was directed by Ryan Coogler, with an overall budget of 250 million dollars, making over 831 million dollars at the box office.
Its excellent box office profit is a reflection of the film’s quality. T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, was the star of the production, not only because she is the main character, but because Wright’s portrayal of grief for her brother's passing draws from her real-life grief for Boseman. It pulled on my heartstrings and played into my heartache for the beloved actor.
Marvel did an incredible job making the film a tribute to Boseman. Their signature intro replaced scenes from all the movies with scenes of T’Challa’s most iconic moments. The missing background music in the introduction added a somber effect.
The movie introduced an entirely different storyline after explaining what happened to King T’Challa in a believable way. While a new plot was introduced, it was still cohesive with the previous movie and made sense with the timeline.
The script was written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, who are film geniuses. They captured the Wakandan culture in their writing and included many of Marvel’s signature quips. The new characters they introduced were presented thoughtfully, and their backstories didn’t feel like a clunky information dump. I was able to connect with the characters and their struggles through the way they spoke and what they said.
Marvel has admittedly not been on a roll with their past few movies, but they more than made up for it with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The spectacular acting, well-developed plot, witty script, and beautiful tribute to Boseman made it one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time. The film earns a five-star rating, and I’d give it far more than that if I could.