Black Panther

Black Panther ★★★½

Black Panther is instantly monumental with its multiple firsts and a masterfully crafted black universe. As the first bonafide black superhero blockbuster, Black Panther is a marvelous achievement technical wise. The visuals, soundtracks, action sequences and custom designs are all top-notch to say the least, winning multiple awards at the Oscars. The star-studded cast boasts well-known African American icons from different generations. What really sells the story, however, is the fantastical depiction of a hauntingly futuristic, highly advanced yet purposefully hidden African civilization, where the black panther (played by the legendary Chadwick Boseman who shall now rest in peace in heaven) goes on an emotional journey to reclaim his throne and rid the world of oppression and prejudice. It's abundant with socially conscious metaphors that will give the underrepresented audience a slice of their own reality that the Hollywood historically denies, which in turn set this movie apart from other superhero movies without such awareness.

Black Panther is not without its fair share of flaws, though. As a Marvel production, it inevitably shares some of the formulaic cliches of the genre, and it can get draggy at parts. But overall Black Panther is still a decent watch and an inspirational cultural phenomenon. Recommended.

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