I've been looking forward to this movie all year for several reasons - I love superhero movies, I love the Marvel cinematic universe, and I love what little I know about the character Black Panther. So I was super excited that opening weekend is finally here!
This movie did not disappoint. It was stunning visually - the costumes, the scenery, the futuristic tech all was a wonder to behold. The music throughout was incredible - underscoring certain emotions and themes in ways that emphasized and drew those things to the forefront. The acting was top notch - I was drawn in by each character and found myself immediately invested in what was happening.
The story jumps around a bit in the beginning - giving us some thirty year old back story, jumping to the villains stealing from a museum, showing T'Challa and his coronation as king. Sometimes when a movie jumps around like this it can be jarring or confusing, but Black Panther does it well, eventually weaving all of the parts of the story together as we reach the climax of the movie. There were strong themes in the movie that resonate in today's world - the idea of loyalty to family and country and which one is stronger, the struggle in Wakanda of whether or not to share their gifts with the world - or whether it should be "Wakanda First". I think the movie explores these in an honest way, and by seeing these themes play out in a fictional world, perhaps it can open conversations on these themes in the real world.
Overall I enjoyed the movie as much as, if not more than, I thought I would. I would like to see it again, so I'm hoping the rumors that MoviePass now lets you see the same move more than once are true! Fingers crossed!