Review:”Black Panther” triumphs over predictable plot

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Review:”Black Panther” triumphs over predictable plot

By J.B. Pitayatonakarn

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“Black Panther” was a long-awaited movie since he was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in “Captain America: Civil War.” The movie has blown winter box office records, beating “Deadpool” which grossed $132,434,639. “Black Panther” reached $202,003,951 on opening weekend. The movie has phenomenal praise and even being pushed for Oscar nominations. 

But first, a little history of the character Black Panther.

Otherwise known as T’Challa, Black Panther is the king of a fictional country in Africa called Wakanda. He possesses skills from some sort of herb that give him panther-like super powers that enhance his strength, agility, etc. Like other rich heroes (I’m looking at you, Batman) he relies on his vast knowledge of science, martial arts, and his ability to spend money on such to defend his people and humanity.

Historically, he is the first black superhero, coming before many others such as Falcon, Blade, Luke Cage. Marvel introduced Black Panther around the time of the Civil Rights movement and the name predates the founding of the Black Panther Party. To clear up confusion, Marvel renamed Black Panther as Black Leopard, but the name didn’t stay too long. His first appearance was in “Fantastic Four” #52-53 in July and August of 1966. T’Challa wouldn’t get his first personal comic until “Jungle Action” #5 in July of 1973. 

And now, onto the review. No restraints on spoilers!

“Black Panther” is a great movie with awesome action scenes and an interesting companion to the comics. The movie left me satisfied, but after some thought, it reminded me of another great movie: “The Lion King.”

In “Captain America: Civil War,” T’Challa’s father dies … so does Mufasa in “The Lion King.” Later on, Simba runs away and becomes stronger. In “Black Panther,” T’Xhalla loses a challenge against Killmonger, and he is presumed dead until they find him later on, revived and stronger. Toward the end of the movie, T’Challa regains his throne and he becomes king. In “The Lion King” Simba does the exact same after defeating uncle Scar.

The movie isn’t anything new, plot-wise.

However, “Black Panther” has had significant cultural impact.

It has received high praise from the black community, for having an African lead and taking place in Africa. This is major, due to the lack of black protagonists in superhero movies. Here and there, we have seen a few exceptions — such as Wesley Snipes in the “Blade” trilogy — but it seems “Black Panther” has taken the cake.

This movie changed the game.

And while the plot is derivative, “Black Panther” has splendid action scenes, great visuals and an amazing cast. Be sure to check this movie out, because it will surely stun you with amazing scenery, as it highlights beautiful locations.

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