So, I saw the movie Black Panther last weekend. It was pretty good.
“Pretty good” is actually a ringing endorsement for someone who doesn’t really like the superhero genre. I mean, how many more goddam Spider-Man and Avengers movies do we have to suffer through?
At least Black Panther is a little different.
Things I liked:
- The African American perspective
- Female generals for Wakanda
- The tribal aspect
- The colors
- The music
- The idea of a blended tribal/techie African nation
Things I didn’t so much like:
- The “over the top” technology
- The ripoff of “the lion king” storyline
Things I loved:
- The female general!
She. Was. Bad. Ass!
Overall the story moved pretty well and was interesting. I liked the struggle whether to keep Wakonda a secret or join the world to help elevate minorities and help refugees.
But the “dead king/son throne succession then challenged by evil side of family” just felt a bit too Lion King for me.
And the crazy tech? It was really too futuristic alien for my taste (spaceships with cloaks, pulse weapons, force fields). I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough.
I’m still a Guardians of the Galaxy guy. Give me a rag tag group of aliens over super powers any day.
But it’s still good. And more entertaining than the more recent Marvel fare.
Yeah the color and positive focus was cool. N’Kia was a beauty too.