The success of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” affects all aspects.
First, let’s take a look at the 2018 hit film that became a cross-cultural phenomenon around the world and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. So, unfortunately, Marvel had to make the original entertainment movie that its fans have been waiting for even after the tragic death of the star of the original, Chadwick Boseman.
Running time: 161 minutes. Rated PG-13 (sequences of intense violence, action and some language). In theaters November 11.
Another big chase with two mountain passes is not to be missed.
However, “Wakanda Forever” really cemented “Black Panther” as Marvel’s richest and highest quality franchise. There is no visible sign of sequelitis in director and writer Ryan Coogler’s film. Every aspect – acting, writing, special effects, characters – is a notch above its competitors. In a good way, you’ll forget you’re watching another Marvel movie.
At the beginning of the episode, T’Challa (the late Boseman, whom we don’t see outside of flashbacks), dies of an unknown disease, leaving behind his mother Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett ) and his missing sister Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright). the kingdom of Wakanda rudderless.
A year later, Ramonda sues member states of the United Nations for trying to steal Wakanda’s vibranium — the rarest, most powerful substance found on the African continent. Or so they think.
Using a special investigation, America discovers the blue rock in the Pacific Ocean, which arouses the threat of a new enemy — the hidden people under the waters of Talokan, who relies on vibranium, led by Namor (Tenoch Huerta), a Black Waterman. Pantera. The US blames Wakanda for attacking their ship, but Namor threatens Queen Ramonda that if she reveals the existence of Talokan, Wakanda will be destroyed.
With the title role out of the question, Ramonda and Shuri, who used to be gizmos sidekicks, rise to the top jobs. And especially on Bassett’s part, we see some of the best acting in an MCU movie so far. One of Bassett’s most powerful and evocative speeches for the MCU is often like serving foie gras at Burger King.
Wright is also impressive as Shuri, as her character struggles with her role as king and her maturity now that T’Challa is gone. Few other Marvel actors can play comedy and pain as well as Wright.
Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Aneka (Michaela Coel) have separate, meaningful arcs. And a very funny assistant is included in Riri (Dominique Thorne), a smart Harvard student who accidentally goes for a ride.
“Wakanda Forever” is the opposite of DC Comics’ horror “Black Adam,” in that no character is thought-provoking or memorable. There’s no loose thread here, it’s all taking place.
Huerta’s Namor is a tough, tough guy — though not quite the same as Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger — but the star is the entire Talokanil. Inspired by the indigenous peoples of Yucatan, Coogler and his team created a strange, immersive world in the style of Wakanda. Talokan is very beautiful, like Pandora from “Avatar,” and we develop a love for her based on her appearance alone. That was important later.
Coogler’s film, at 2 hours 40 minutes, is long, but without dead air; The locations are fantastic and the creativity on display is explosive. When I checked the season at the end, I was surprised at the end of the season. That’s a tribute to the director, who knows the momentous, epic, earth-shattering moments that draw us to the screen.
But it also speaks to the quality of the acting, an element of the superhero genre that most audiences ignore. With a group like this – wearing full-body panther suits and high-tech spears – you can’t look away.