Taking place a week after Captain America became a fugitive and the man who killed King T’Chaka, his son, T’Challa, is about to officially take over the land of Wakanda. Almost everyone sees Wakanda as a thriving African community that doesn’t accept donations from outside countries and is staying independent. But hidden is this secret society/utopia, and that’s the real Wakanda. It thrives from a special element called vibranium, with powers too complicated to explain to anyone who isn’t into chemistry. Let’s just say their technology and weapons are stronger and more efficient than anyone else could’ve ever imagined. But that does not mean they’re all a bunch of people playing Candy Crush and listening to Drake. They’ve maintained their dignity and culture. T’Challa is about to be crowned king, but there’s a guy named Erik Killmonger that was banished from Wakanda a long time ago that seems to be attempting to gain control of the utopia and has some backup behind his back he's ready to let loose.
The thing I enjoyed the very most about this film was its celebratory landscapes and designs. There’s a theme played as T’Challa flies through to Wakanda, saying this part never gets old. Neither will the soundtrack. Right when it played, I wanted to bust out my bongos. Like how Coco from last year celebrated Mexican culture and music, Black Panther does the same for Africa meticulously and luminously.
After I found out the actual conflict within Black Panther, I knew I would cherish this movie for years to come. Let me put it this way: Wakanda has resources. Antidotes. Weapons. But most importantly, peace. So what are they supposed to do while outside of this society, men, women and children of colour are being discriminated, powerless and oppressed every minute of every day? Should Wakanda conserve its secrecy to keep the peace? Or is the fact innocent people are getting killed and they have the tools to save them enough to show their face behind the mask? And I thought Captain America: Civil War had a tough conflict. The Marvel Cinematic Universe displays arguments with no completely right answer.
The conflict is pushed through by Killmonger, a nurtured antagonist where not only did I want him to fail, but I didn’t want him to get hurt. Isn't that odd?
I think the only thing I really disliked about the movie was this strange policy Wakanda reveals about its leaders around the halfway point. I felt it was a little too grounded in outdated rituals that even in a celebratory place like Wakanda would’ve abandoned decades ago. And some major characters felt a little left out of the picture. But I still really hope a big portion of Avengers: Infinity War takes place in Wakanda. It only comes out in four days so I guess I don’t have to hold my breath. Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman, producer Kevin Feige, and all involved should be very proud.
By the way, I'm going to see Avengers: Infinity War tomorrow. I have my seatbelt fastened already.