Movie Review – ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

I’ve seen what is, apparently, the final film in Phase Four in the ‘MCU’ and the sequel to the 2018 film ‘Black Panther’. And I haven’t caught up on ‘Ms. Marvel’ and ‘She-Hulk’ on Disney+ yet. 😀 This is ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. I found it very good and worthwhile to check out at the cinema. 🙂

I must admit, I was excited and nervous to see this film, as the ‘Black Panther’ film series wouldn’t be the same without Chadwick Boseman to play T’Challa/Black Panther, as he tragically died in 2020. I liked the tributes to Chadwick Boseman throughout the film, particularly in the Marvel Studios logo.

I also like that the film was dedicated to ‘our friend Chadwick Boseman’ before the end credits rolled up. It’s good that this film was dedicated to the actor who played the original Black Panther character whilst at the same time being a thrilling, action-packed adventure film for people to enjoy.

I also liked that Marvel Studios managed to do a ‘Black Panther’ film with Black Panther in it without dishonouring the memory of Chadwick Boseman. I hoped that the sister, Letitia Wright as Shuri, would be the next Black Panther after T’Challa. I’m glad I was right about that when I saw the film. 🙂

The story, the characters and the action scenes are also very compelling to watch throughout this film compared to other film efforts like ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, which was mostly played for laughs. It’s good that certain ‘MCU’ films get it right in terms of the tone, the story, the characters and the action. 🙂

In the film, Wakanda mourns the loss of King T’Challa, who died from a disease. A year later, Wakanda faces troubling times when they have to protect their nation from the threat of the secret vibranium-rich underwater kingdom of Talokan, ruled by Tenoch Huerta as the king called Namor. 😐

Namor – or Sub-Mariner – is a character I’ve seen before in the Marvel Comics. He was a villain in the ‘Fantastic Four’ comics, so it was interesting to see him in this film. First, it was the Skrulls in ‘Captain Marvel’, now it’s Namor in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. Is the Puppet Master next? 😀

As well as Letitia Wright and Tenoch Huerta, the rest of the cast in this film are very good. There’s also Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Guiria as Okoye and Winston Duke as M’Baku. I found it funny when M’Baku entered a council scene in the film, he chomped at a carrot like Bugs Bunny would do.

I’m sure that’s an in-joke reference to ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’, since the film’s director Ryan Coogler was a producer on that film. 😀 There’s also Florence Kasumba as Ayo. The film introduces us to Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart. She’s soon about to have her own Disney+ show.

There’s Michaela Coel as Aneka, Martin Freeman (nice to see him again) as Everrett K. Ross, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, the Sovereign Queen Mother of Wakanda. Michael B. Jordon also returns to play Killmonger in the movie for a bit.

I especially liked how this film explores Letitia Wright as Shuri’s journey from grieving over the loss of her brother T’Challa to becoming the next Black Panther. It’s interesting how they developed that gradually throughout the film, especially for 2 hours 41 minutes (longer than the first movie itself). 🙂

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ was worth seeing on the big screen. I like how this film dedicates to the memory of Chadwick Boseman and how it continues to tell the ‘Black Panther’ without being bogged down by too many depressing notes. The story, the characters, the action, and the drama are very good.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

  1. Timelord 007

    If I’m honest i didn’t enjoy the direction they went in here, acting wise no issues but it was way to overlong & I don’t buy his sister as the new Black Panther, it sad Chadwick passed away but the best thing to have done is either recast the role or not do a sequel.

    Marvel for me lately are losing credibility what was once event movies are now becoming silly inferior quality films Thor 4 is one of the worst films i have ever seen, this thankfully wasn’t that bad but since Robert Downey Jr & Chris Evans have left the MCU it’s been in decline.

    Great review as always buddy I think I’m cosmic book burned out at the minute.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this movie. Interesting you didn’t like it so much compared to me. I’m glad you liked it more than ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

      I’m pleased the movie acknowledged Chadwick Bosemen throughout. I’m glad that Marvel Studios didn’t recast the role as Chadwick made T’Challa/Black Panther his own. It made logical sense for me that Shuri became the next Black Panther, but we all have our different views to what movies/TV shows should and shouldn’t be.

      I’ve a lot to catch up on in terms of Marvel shows on Disney+ as well as ‘Star Wars’ shows and Seaon 3 of ‘The Orville’. I know you’re not a fan of ‘She-Hulk’, but I’ve heard from someone else that he enjoyed the show. I look forward to checking it out to see whether I like ‘She-Hulk’ or not. Hopefully, for me, it’ll be better than ‘Moon Knight’. 😆

      Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. Thanks for your comments.

      Stay tuned for a surprise blog post later on today. 😉

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂

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