Outside of the three Chris Nolan Batman films, I'm not a huge fan of superhero movies. Even The Avengers bored me to death. I have tremendous issues suspending disbelief when it comes to bullet-proof characters that fly around and win every time.
But the reviews of Black Panther were so good I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did.
Let me start off by saying the whole concept of this superhero and his land is absolutely brilliant. This is an easy movie to fall into. The $200M budget is splashed all over the screen. The style and cinematography are very satisfying.
However, for me, it does go too far over-the-top in moments. There's an action sequence in Korea. The first part, indoors, is one of the best action sequences I've ever seen. It was blocked and shot fantastically. Then it extends outside and The Black Panther is flying around like Spiderman and I'm kicked right out of the story, knowing full well that most people in the audience enjoy that type of unrealistic popcorn fare.
One thing I love about Black Panther's storyline is there's a antagonist shift. I'm so happy that filmmakers are taking chances stepping away from the standard story format and pulling it off. Most of the characters are well-written and really well acted, and that helps one buy this extraordinary world.
The last act is huge, and far too popcorny for me, but I did really like parts of it, and I'm sure that most moviegoers absolutely loved it.
So I'd rank Black Panther above most superhero movies, though that's a low bar for me. It still doesn't approach Chris Nolan territory, but it's well worth the watch, even if you're not a big fan of the genre. It's so satisfying to watch a huge blockbuster and think 'that was worth the fortune they poured into making it.' Black Panther fits that bill.
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