Movie Review: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”


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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was released on November 11 and is now showing in theaters.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was released on November 11. When seeing this movie, fans did not know what to expect as their beloved star, Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us. However, the cast still managed to grieve together and create an outstanding movie for Marvel fans waiting for the sequel to “Black Panther” for four years.

The movie begins differently than most other films, it immerses the audience into the movie immediately. Personally, as one who does not enjoy long and slow movie introductions, the immediate action was a great contribution. The only problem with this was that the beginning would have been unclear if an audience member had not known that Boseman had passed away two years ago due to colon cancer.

I strongly advise rewatching the first “Black Panther” or reading an internet summary before seeing the sequel, as Marvel movies often are intricate and have many elements leading up to the next movie.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” lasts exactly two hours, forty-one minutes, making it a commitment. The movie might be difficult for some to watch, due to the duration, however, each component adds to the complex plot. As the film continued, it became increasingly difficult to anticipate what was to occur next, adding to the suspense and thrill of the film.

Regarding the film itself, I felt that Dominique Thorne’s role of Riri Williams—an exceptionally smart MIT student—was not necessary to the storyline. If some of the moments starring Williams had been deleted, the film could have been considerably shorter. Although she played a significant role in the plot and is a significant figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – she is now the new Iron Man – not all of her appearances were necessary. Besides this, it is vital to mention how killing off one of the main characters was unneeded. She was a prominent figure to retain around, especially for future movies. Despite the fact that everyone loved this character and made it seem like her death was the result of a “heroic” deed, it wasn’t completely inevitable.

Nevertheless, Marvel put on an excellent sequel to the “Black Panther” series, and is definitely worth going to see. Although there were some scenes that received mixed opinions, no movie is going to satisfy everyone’s wants. This movie’s emotional excellence is one that deserves to be seen in theaters. Make sure to bring a blanket and maybe even a tissue box for your tears as you prepare for the long rollercoaster of a movie.