Black Panther Review

Black Panther Review

Released in November 2022, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has taken the movie world by storm over the past few months. The movie has received a wide range of reviews that both praise the natural innovation and creativity of the director and scriptwriters.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a sequel to the 2018 movie Black Panther. The 2022 movie starred actress Letitia Wright as Shuri (and later the new Black Panther), alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Martin Freeman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael B. Jordan, and Angela Bassett. The movie takes place after the death of King T’Challa (played by the late Chadwick Boseman), who is said to have died due to an illness. In the absence of King T’Challa, Shuri serves as the principal protagonist of the movie.

In the post-T’Challa era, Wakanda is placed in a perilous position, as other nations put immense pressure on the country to share its vibranium resources. When the U.S. tries to locate vibranium in the Atlantic Ocean using a vibranium-detecting machine, the party is attacked by a group of blue-skinned, water-breathing humans. Initially, Wakanda is blamed for the attack, but it is later revealed that the group was from the underwater kingdom of Talokan. The king of Talokan, Namor (played by Huerta Mejía), accuses Wakanda of creating a global race of vibranium and warns of an attack. Later, Shuri and the scientist who built the vibranium-detecting machine (Riri Williams) are captured in Talokan, and conflict ensues. Eventually, Wakanda defeats Talokan, but Shuri is still left empty. At the end of the film, she visits Haiti, where she finally grieves T’Challa and later meets his wife and son. 

The movie has been applauded for its cultural representation, predominantly female main characters, and African-American representation. The movie stars black women as many of the main characters and highlights African culture and traditions. The movie even alludes to other groups by incorporating languages such as French and Spanish and depicting traditional costumes. By being able to include a large, diverse demographic while also incorporating several cultural elements, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has large appeal over a significant population.

The film was dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, who passed away due to colon cancer in August 2020.