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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Released 11-11-2022

Watched 03-18-2023

Reviewed 04-10-2023

Watched on Disney +

"No! I am the Black Panther, and I have come for retribution!"

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever graces the big screen as an eagerly anticipated sequel to its groundbreaking predecessor, Black Panther (2018). While managing to stand on its own, the sequel continues to challenge the boundaries of the superhero genre by delving deeper into the world of Wakanda and its socio-political complexities. Director Ryan Coogler returns to helm this sequel, ensuring that the legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman is honored throughout the film.

Wakanda Forever weaves an intricate story, offering a new perspective on the beloved nation of Wakanda. While the first film showcased the hidden utopia to the world, the sequel dives into the power struggles and responsibilities that come with being a superpower. This intriguing narrative is accompanied by a stellar ensemble cast, including Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, and Danai Gurira, who all deliver powerhouse performances.

The introduction of new characters, such as Namor the Sub-Mariner (Tenoch Huerta), adds to the complex tapestry of the story. Huerta's performance as the Atlantean king provides a fresh and formidable challenge for our heroes. As a result, the sequel is able to maintain the excitement and thrills of the original while also addressing contemporary issues of international politics and diplomacy.

Visually, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever does not disappoint. The vibrant colors and intricate designs of Wakanda are even more mesmerizing this time around, allowing the audience to become fully immersed in this Afrofuturistic world. The CGI and special effects are top-notch, and the action sequences are expertly choreographed, making for a breathtaking cinematic experience.

The film's exploration of themes like cultural identity, the burden of leadership, and the importance of unity adds depth to the story, making it more than just an action-packed superhero film. The soundtrack, which features both traditional rhythms and contemporary hip-hop beats, perfectly complements the movie's tone, adding another layer of richness to the experience.

However, despite its many strengths, Wakanda Forever falls short of perfection. The pacing at times, feels uneven, with some subplots not given adequate attention. Additionally, while honoring Boseman's legacy is essential, the film occasionally struggles to fill the void left by his absence.

Nonetheless, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a worthy successor to the original film, taking audiences on a thrilling and thought-provoking journey. With its captivating story, memorable characters, and impressive visuals, it cements the Black Panther franchise as a standout in the superhero genre.


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