“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is truly a beautiful film that perfectly displays how loved ones deal with grief in various ways.
The movie starts with a loving tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from colon cancer in Aug. 2020. The writers handled both the actor and character’s deaths in a noble way and it brought tears to many in the theater.
The film quickly moves onto the action scenes with incredibly choreographed fights, unforgettable character introductions, new powers and suits from pre-existing characters and an outstanding villain with an intriguing motive.
The movie also did well with its comedic timing, having many of the characters joke when the atmosphere was getting serious. Winston Duke’s character, M’Baku, was fantastic comedic relief and had some of the best lines in the film. I loved the jokes from the character Riri Williams. She is the secret identity of Ironheart and I cannot wait for her TV show that is being released sometime next year.
The most exceptional performances were from Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett and Lupita Nyong’o. The fascinating portrayal of Ramonda (Bassett) and Shuri (Wright) in the story showed how one must move on even if they lose everything, especially Shuri as she navigates towards the end of the movie. I was not shocked that their emotional performances felt authentic since I am aware the actors were impacted by the death of their co-star.
Nyong’o’s performance as Nakia was out of this world. She did an excellent job with her fight scenes and it was nice to see her character bond with the royal family again through grief so they can get stronger together.
The villains in this movie were unique and an interesting race of people called the Talokanil. The Talokanil scheme to destroy land people, hoping to get the help of the Wakandans by forcing them to join forces. The main villain, Namor, was extremely entertaining to watch since he was impossible to ignore due to his unique water stimulated powers and his winged feet. His scenes with Shuri and Ramonda kept me on my toes. The audience could sense the tension between them.
My favorite parts of the movie were the scenes spent with Riri, Shuri and Okoye. The actresses’ chemistry with one another is fun to watch. The scene where Okoye and Shuri both meet Riri for the first time was hilarious and made me want more scenes with just the three of them.
The sole end credit scene had me yearning for more content and I cannot wait for the third installment. I would suggest to anyone who is interested in watching this movie to check it out in theaters so they can experience the thrill of watching this perfect movie on the big screen. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is a work of art and one of Marvel’s best works to date. I am excited to see what future these characters have in store for them.