Movie Review – ‘Black Panther’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

This year, it’s the 10th anniversary of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’! It’s amazing that this film series has lasted so long since it began with ‘Iron Man’ in 2008. And yeah, I will get onto reviewing the first two phases of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ on DVD as soon as I can later on in the year.

The 10th anniversary celebrations of ‘MCU’ begin with the film, ‘Black Panther’, which I saw at the cinema last weekend. I’ve heard many good things said about this movie. I was looking forward to seeing it with my best mate from school, Stephen. And all in all, I say the reviews were well-justified.

‘Black Panther’ stars Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther, who made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. I didn’t know what to expect with this, as I hadn’t read the film’s synopsis or seen many trailers. So I was looking forward to have a good time with this film.

The film has T’Challa/Black Panther becoming the new king of Wakanda in Africa. T’Challa carries on the good work of his father to preserve peace and stop unrest in his kingdom. But his position as king becomes threatened. Someone from his father’s dark past attempts to claim the throne himself.

‘Black Panther’ mostly features an African-American cast of black actors and actresses. As well as Chadwick Boseman, there’s Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Black Panther’s nemesis and Lupitia Nyong’o, who’s recently appeared in the ‘Star Wars’ sequels, as Nakia, Black Panther’s former lover.

There’s Danai Gurira as Okoye, who serves as the head of T’Challa’s bodyguards and there’s Daniel Kaluuya, who was in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Planet of the Dead’ and ‘Johnny English Reborn’ as W’Kabi. There’s Letitia Wright as Shuri, T’Challa’s sister who designs Wakanda’s new technology and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother. There’s also Forest Whitaker as elder statesman Zuri.

I was pleased to see Martin Freeman, who played Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, return as Everett K. Ross. There’s also Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films, as the villainous Ulysses Klaue. Andy Serkis is very good playing a bad guy, isn’t he? Both he and Martin Freeman share a scene in this. I was expecting the two to do another riddles game. 😀

The visuals for ‘Black Panther’ are pretty good and the action sequences are very engaging to watch. I was intrigued to see how the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ did a superhero movie filled with African mysticism and legend. It holds up pretty well and the storytelling was very compelling to enjoy here.

‘Black Panther’ is a pretty good superhero movie to watch. I enjoyed watching it and I’m sure you will too. It sets off the 10th anniversary of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ to good start. I especially enjoyed the performances of the cast led by Chadwick Boseman who is very good as Black Panther.

I’m currently looking forward to seeing ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ next, which should be released around the time of my birthday in May.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Black Panther’

  1. Great review Tim but you haven’t given it a rating? This is why i loved this movie & loathed Thor 3, the character’s have emotional arcs unlike Thor which is saturated in silly humour, i mean how Odin was written out was awful, it had no depth, emotion or believability, I’m dying oh & your sister’s coming back when i die, i made no plans to stop her so you two on your own deal with it goodbye.

    As Black Panther had that sins of the father connection & backstory which shaped Challa future, again Killmonger has a emotional arc so one can understand & even sympathise with his motivations for his revolt on Wakanda.

    Moan over I’m off for a lie down in the zero room lol.

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    • Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed my review for ‘Black Panther’.

      I don’t usually give ratings for quick movie reviews as I’d like to come back to re-review a movie should I ever review it in full detail as opposed to just a quick summary of it. But if you like, I can tell you my rating for ‘Black Panther’ would be 8/10.

      I actually don’t mind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. It is pretty comedic in places, but I don’t hold a grudge against it. I enjoyed watching it whilst at the cinema. It’s not a great movie, but then again I can’t say I loathe it either. It’s more on par with ‘Batman Forever’, although I prefer ‘Batman Forever’ more than ‘Thor: Ragnarok’.

      I’m not familiar with the ‘Black Panther’ comics as I’ve not read any of them. So it was interesting to discover the ‘Black Panther’ characters for myself in this movie. I agree that the story was stronger in this movie compared to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and it took a more serious tone.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Simon.

      I feel that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will be the highlight of movies at the cinema for me. Can’t wait to see what that’s like.

      Tim. 🙂


    • Ah thanks for the heads up, Timelord Simon.

      I’m really looking forward to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at the cinema. It should be a nice birthday treat for me as well as having a meal at Frankie and Benny’s and attending a convention in May.

      Don’t forget my latest Sixth Doctor reviews on the Thomas Brewster trilogy.

      Tim. 🙂


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