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After 30 years, we can now look past Zamunda to a sci-phisticated Wakanda. Like a bright new dawn, a black movie free from drugs, crime, and slavery.

That is not to take anything away from Black classics like Juice, Boyz in the hood, American gangster, Baby Boy, fighting temptations, straight outta Compton, Coming to America etc, but none has had a real Hero like T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).

When you think the only real panther you know is Pink, Think again. Not really that any of the songs on the Black Panther’s soundtrack can beat the pink panther’s legendary theme song.

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and a sequel which was first introduced in the Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, where the Supposed Wakanda King was murdered. T’Challa, the King’s son returns home as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary, in a conflict with global consequences.

As at the time this publication, the Movie has grossed over $763 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2018. Its four-day opening weekend gross of $242.2 million in the United States was the second-highest of all-time and its three-day gross of $202 million was the fifth highest of all time, as well as the biggest debut by an African-American director and here, is why:

For the second time (Coming to America being first), and we are hoping it will not be the last time the Hollywood and the Media industry have portrayed Africa with its rich cultural connotation and not as supposed war, poverty and diseased region.

Probably, anyone who hasn’t visited Africa will appreciate Africa through imaginary Wakanda which is fictionally located in East Africa. The movie portrayed various tribes, topography, culture, and fashion in Africa from the Maasai of Kenya to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia. The movie almost had the highest aggregate of black actors and actress than any other Hollywood movie; no wonder its hyped in the black world.

The movie is of course from a Marvel Studio, so they do it best. With the likes of the X-Men, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Iron Fist, and Deadpool all grossing over 2 Billion USD, no one will be surprised Black Panther followed the footprint of its predecessors.

The Visual effects from unison of various VFX companies were outstanding, possibly will get a nomination for the Oscars.

The comic book wasn’t entirely depicted in the movie, a huge adjustment was made to bring it to screen. For example, T’Challa has been king since childhood and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis ) didn’t play as much role as purported in the book.

The movie doesn’t have much of mind retaining soundtrack; you could almost watch the movie without noticing a soundtrack at all. Well, this is not new with most Marvels’ production. Then the movie storyline comes with a regular good-bad guy stuff, there was no twist or suspense, not much action or story as expected for such a high grossing movie.

Generally, I will personally rate the movie 75%; a more ration of the applause should go to R. Coogler who made his directing debut in a wonderful style and Chadwick and Letitia who took this opportunity.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this movie critique. Please leave comments in the box.

Movie Review by Benson Okoli Sopuruchukwu
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