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Black Panther: An ecstatic Marvel masterpiece

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Marvel Studios has been there for over 10 years and its films continue to enthral movie buffs. Black Panther, directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that received a lot of attention from fans worldwide. The film goes deep into the history of Black Panther, who was first seen in “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016.

We see Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who succeeds to the throne of the hidden and highly developed African kingdom of Wakanda after the passing of his father.

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The film takes us to Wakanda and its people while showing their technological advancements and the abundance of the fictitious substance Vibranium in their country. Following the traditional succession to become Wakanda’s next King, T’Challa now faces new challenges as he tries to manage his twin duties as the King of Wakanda and the Black Panther, a masked hero who uses his talent to fight injustice.

But being a King was never an easy thing for him. As he steps into the role, he must battle a conflicting tribal leader, the political unrest caused by chasing down an old enemy and fighting off a new enemy. We see Eric Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who wants the throne of Wakanda for himself as he believes they can dominate the world with all of the power. The film also features Letitia Wright (Shuri), Danai Gurira (Okoye), and Winston Duke (M’Baku).

One might think that Black Panther is just like any other Marvel film where it is always a hero- must-save-the-world concept. But Black Panther is different. It is the first film to have a genuine sense of identity, culture, dance, art and music. It adores the African culture and modern technology as well. Further, the film explores what it means to be black not only in America but also in Africa and, more broadly, around the world.

With an intriguing plot and great performances from the entire cast, this movie feels fresh. Unlike other Marvel films, people truly die and don’t return, which makes the film relate to our reality and there exists a genuine emotional connection to these characters.

Both as the Black Panther and the King of Wakanda, Chadwick and other actors perfectly captured the character. On screen, Chadwick gave his greatest and last performance.

The music score, which combines hip-hop beats with African tribal chants and orchestra, is simply amazing. One thing I found very attractive is the concept of The Ancestral Plain, where you can interact with your deceased loved ones and how I wished only I could do the same. Although Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) has been used, it adds to the already existing beauty of the film and Wakanda. The visual effects are amazing.

The combination of futuristic technologies with African landscapes gives an amazing outcome. The fighting sequences are also quite well made. I truly loved watching Black Panther.

It is definitely worth mentioning that in the 2019 Academy Awards, Black Panther won Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Production Design.

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Reshma B.

Reshma Babu, a young Postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University, utilises her considerable learned journalistic knowledge and inherent story writing and sub-editing abilities to add value to the company’s media brands and the editorial team. All dimensions of human interaction are her prime focus.

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