Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Black Panther-Wakanda-Forever-(2022)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Movie Details

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever(2022)
Director: : Ryan Coogler
Cast-Letitia Wright,Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira
Movie Type- Action/Sci-fi
Release date- 11 November 2022
IMDB Rating-6.7
Languages- English, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil
Duration- ‧2h 41m


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)


At the beginning, I should probably say that the following lines will often sound quite disappointing, but this is more due to my exaggerated expectations than the resulting quality. I went to the cinema thinking that I would get one of the best Marvel movies ever – firstly, because of Chadwick, secondly, because of the long production and a lot of time to fine-tune the script, thirdly, the movie was presented with famous trailers, and fourthly, full of more serious motives that I have in comic book movies likes: coming to terms with losses, mistrusting people or finding common paths despite different origins. In short, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had, in my eyes, the best-crafted path to success of all the Marvel movies during the fourth phase. Unfortunately, something went wrong on the way to the screen, and in the end, the film doesn’t work as well as we would like and as it probably should. But in order.

The film opens with an intense sequence in which Shuri tries to save the life of her brother who is dying of an unknown disease. Chadwick Boseman tragically died of colon cancer two years ago, and Marvel and director Ryan Coogler needed to come up with an elegant way to explain his absence in the sequel to the movie that was supposed to be all about him. So T’Challa also died in the MCU, which is all the more tragic, because if Killmonger hadn’t burned the magical plants in number one, Shuri could have saved his brother. But growing a genetically similar replacement failed, and she blames his death from the beginning, which eventually builds the foundation for later conflicts.

The actual plot begins a year later, with the film itself kicking off after about an hour and a half (I’m exaggerating, but not by much) because what follows is one exposition stop after another. If you don’t want any spoilers, feel free to skip the rest of the paragraph, but for others just to give an idea: First, Queen Ramonda shows up at the UN to reveal to the whole world in a nicely parallel sequence how other countries are trying to get access to the most powerful raw material in the world – vibranium. Then the American CIA finds another source, but its ship is ambushed in a slightly horror sequence by unknown assailants, and the blame falls on Wakanda. Shortly after, Namor is introduced, explaining in a complex way how he needs to kill a certain American scientist because she made a vibranium detector and it threatens his people. We’re still not done. Then, in a sequence à la Spider-Man and Civil War, a young Riri Williams will be introduced. We’re almost there. Then something goes wrong, and Queen Ramonda has to go to Haiti, where she meets Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), who has been missing from the movie all this time, but now she has to return. Before that, Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) also returned, along with one more important character who is there more for future films, and as I mentioned above, after an hour or so, the film finally gets to what it wanted to deal with from the beginning – that is, to the war between Namor and Wakanda.

From the lengthy listing, you can read that the script juggles an awful lot of characters, locations, motivations, and origins from the beginning to finally have the figures and the battlefield ready when it starts to be cut. The problem isn’t so much that there are too many figures and half of them shouldn’t be there at all, but that the creators couldn’t give them priority space so that the most important ones stand out. Shuri, Ramonda, and Namor thus lose important characterization that would later sell their actions better, make the plot tighter, the effects more serious, and the emotions more real.

It’s the same with the stalker. The 161 minutes itself is not a problem, after all, the plot moves quickly and thanks to jumping from place to place and from one dilemma to another, the viewer does not have time to get bored too much (that is, assuming that the characters will interest him, which for some reason many did not succeed even in the first ). The problem is how the constant running off to more and more topics breaks the pace and the drama, and how the juggling Coogler doesn’t have time to catch all the balls and throw them back into the air. An example is the entire line with the impossibility of bringing into the world a new Black Panther who would protect Wakanda from its enemies. It lacks both gradation and tension, resulting in minimal emotional impact.

Although some sub-aspects of The Second Panther are fine on paper (the emotions work again in other scenes), in practice, the plot gets to certain things in such a jarring manner that the narrative falls apart due to it, which pulls the viewer out of concentration, so then he starts notice all sorts of lapses in logic or questionable creative decisions (Namor has an entire undersea kingdom with a gorgeous capital, but still spends most of his time outside of it on dry land in a cave, etc.). It’s not as painful as, say, one recent fantasy series, but it’s still a bit of a pain for such an ambitious film ending the MCU’s fourth phase.

The technical side of the film is, as usual, a superior craft. You won’t find complaints about the CGI here, at most complaints are about the design of Riri Williams’ final suit, which looked tragic and I sincerely hope that after the feedback from this movie, they will significantly modify it for the upcoming series. The music was also successful, be it compositions by guest performers or composer Ludwig Göransson. Overall, the music and sound are probably the strongest points of the entire film, which is another shame because we’re blessed with action scenes, but you never quite get off your ass. I’d compare it to number one, maybe a little better because it was more varied this time (the chase in Boston and the fight on the bridge rule).

What made me very happy, on the other hand, was the aforementioned performance by Riri Williams. Although it wasn’t as funny as the arrival of Spider-Man years ago, I was very pleasantly surprised by Dominique Thorne’s performance as a 19-year-old schoolgirl who found herself in a very wild situation and without Iron Man to mentor her. Of the supporting characters, I enjoyed her the most, along with the traditionally great, even if a bit redundant, Martin Freeman. Otherwise, Angela Bassett pulled it off to a great extent as an actress, with whom maybe even an Oscar wouldn’t shock me (we know how much they like Black Panther in America). Unfortunately, she was so great that she overshadowed the otherwise striving Tenoch Huerta in the role of Namor. Who also tried was Letitia Wright in a very unenviable role. She stood it… with honor, but unfortunately nothing more. For Namor, I’ll just say that his line was quite nutritious, but it lacked a lot of things.

In any case, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a slightly better film in the second half than in the first, mainly because it finally resolves the central conflict. It cannot be compared to other comic book movies, but if I mentioned them here, it would be too much of a spoiler. For me, his denouement seemed de facto the same as theirs, only the path to him didn’t fascinate me so much this time. Blues know, and it will certainly come up in the discussion. What is important is that, however, Marvel has returned to the old model of building and expanding the universe in a slightly more reasonable and mature way than it was in experiments like Doctor Strange and the multiverse of madness or the comedic Thor. Not to mention the series. Although it again contributes to the general overpayment, at least no one can complain that Marvel took unnecessary risks again, as was the case with the year-old Eternals.

Despite everything I wrote here, I am not at all happy that the evaluation of the film fell on me. Because I need to see him one more time to definitively change my mind, whether I appreciate him more for what he succeeded in, or condemn him more for what he didn’t. I’m currently at an uncertain seven, while six would seem to me not enough after the experience in the cinema (and yes, it was still a great experience to a large extent), eight would be too much. However, even the number seven seems to me to be so… complicated. At the moment, however, I simply don’t have a better answer. The second Black Panther is a little better than the first, but at the same time it is a worthy farewell to Chadwick Boseman and, in truth, a solid swallow in terms of the fifth phase, but it is still quite far from being in the first league with The Winter Soldier, Civil War, or Avengers.

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