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Black Panther Overview

POSTED BY: WISHIMAY
UPDATED: Monday, February 19, 2018 03:51
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Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:08 PM

WISHIMAY

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!... in several billion years!----------------------------------------- "Well, so long Earth. Thanks for the air... and what-not." -Philip J. Fry


So, first let's talk about that "97% fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Is this the best movie I've ever seen?? Ummm, no. Would this be the best black superhero movie ever? Maybe, if I was a cis black male, though I'm sure many others would like it too. I would probably take Morpheus or the Falcon (as a character) any day of the week.

Before the movie we were actually discussing all the black lead (super)heroes to compare and it's not a big list... Blade, Static Shock, Luke Cage, Catwoman, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Last Dragon, Black Dynamite, Spawn...and maybe the voice half of Samurai Jack Compared to some of those, I can see why the buzz around this movie.

Next, if you go see it, DON'T SIT IN THE FRONT. We usually do because there is less people, and the chairs are usually cleaner and in better condition. This movie has much lights flashing, fighting, noise, and hard to follow sections that make up close viewing difficult/painful.

This movie really is maybe 2/3rds just fight scenes and action, and only 1/3 of that was interesting (to US, anyway). I kept having flashbacks to that Pon Farr Spock episode of Star Trek TOS

I knew there would be a lot of fighting .......(couldn't help but think about the Queen's recent edict that Megan Merkel not hug or touch people too much, but since he's a black king it's ok to brawl to the death every thirty seconds Can we get something in between those two options, please?? )


...however I'm the type to fast forward through long fight scenes whenever possible, so I got a little battle weary by the end.

The female military guards were just stunning to watch though. Strong, beautiful women in well-choreographed battle scenes that I'm sure made Joss's heart go all pitter-patter. I think THEY need their own movie. Not kidding, here.

I have to give Martin Freeman a hand on his 'Merican accent, he does a much better job than Cumberbatch did in Dr. Strange.

There weren't a whole lot of funny parts to the movie (just two or three minor chuckles), and there were two extra scenes at the end (one after credits).

If you are in the mood for more black actor leads, this is the promo that ran with the movie...reminded us of Panic Room. Plays on Mother's Day, May 13.




Hubby gives Black Panther a B+, I give it a B, and the kiddo gives it a B-.


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Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:21 PM

WISHIMAY

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!... in several billion years!----------------------------------------- "Well, so long Earth. Thanks for the air... and what-not." -Philip J. Fry


Here is SGG's review


I wouldn't call it great, but it's a very good film about a superhero with a conscience. Black Panther has all the earmarks of the original "Iron Man" with a little bit of Thor thrown in.

As origin stories go, it blended the modern day urban society with the modern technologically advanced society of the future. It's something we could have today, if we weren't so busy shooting each other. Black Panther touched upon some political realities, but with a soft touch so as to bring awareness without jumping up on the soap box.

It's both action-packed and socially conscience with several laughs sprinkled throughout. Yes, it was funny in all the right places, much more than I expected without going overboard. This was definitely how a movie should be put together.
There were very minor melodramatic scenes that might be considered cringe-worthy, but that was soon discarded and replaced with some breathtaking scenes and action sequences that Marvel is known for. Overall, I really finished liking Black Panther not merely for it's message of brotherhood, but also for it's attention to story, plot and pacing. This is a movie that thoroughly entertained, tickling the funny bone well teaching a lesson in family dynamics. Shakespeare on steroids, so to speak.

If you're a Marvel fan, go see it. If not, go see it. By the way, you don't need to know anything about the Black Panther as they do a wonderful job of giving his origins without resorting to old typical stereotypes and storytelling techniques.
Actually, I saw a variation of this type of storytelling many years ago, but they had a unique twist that I found refreshing. It added to the overall experience of getting to know Black Panther without weighing down the movie. At 2 hours and 14 minutes, it moved along quite nicely, with a good soundtrack and unique dialogue.

Fun Fact: I went to a 5 p.m. showing and the theater was packed. BP was playing on 5 screens and they all had lines going out the door and down the corridor of the theater. I haven't seen it this packed since Star Wars: A Force Awakens and The Dark Knight.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:24 PM

WISHIMAY

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!... in several billion years!----------------------------------------- "Well, so long Earth. Thanks for the air... and what-not." -Philip J. Fry


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Originally posted by Wishimay:



I wouldn't call it great,

It's something we could have today, if we weren't so busy shooting each other.



I think we are both on the same page about these two things!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:54 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


I agree. I think I found a few more chuckles than you did, but overall we do agree it's been so hyped (I actually stayed away from trailers just that I may be surprised at the theater) that I thought I'd might not like it.

Another thing we agree on: the Women Warriors....Wow. They should get a stand alone movie about protecting the king. The general was all kinds of awesome. Absolutely loved the Rhino bit.

Special Mention: Andy Serkis was awesome as Klaw.


SGG


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Originally posted by Wishimay:
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Originally posted by Wishimay:



I wouldn't call it great,

It's something we could have today, if we weren't so busy shooting each other.



I think we are both on the same page about these two things!


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Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:00 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


By the way, I added a second part to my review...a little about the actors, director and box office numbers. But, for some reason, the site erased my comments. Don't know why.

Anywho, not a total waste of money....B+ (to use your rating system).

SGG

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:15 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


Hey Wish...........I copied it from my answer to your post.

Saaaaaayy.......Work all day 'til the morning come!

Ha, ha! Jinx! Hey, does that mean we'll hit Lotto or something. Hope so.
Say listen, thanks for posting my "pocket" review in your post. I was about to do the same, when I saw this post. You could be Siskel, I'll be Ebert. Unless you wanna be Ebert! Ha, ha!

Saw it yesterday, but when I got home I was so tired I went right to sleep and woke up like 2 in the morning, and went right back to sleep.


SGG

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:16 PM

WISHIMAY

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!... in several billion years!----------------------------------------- "Well, so long Earth. Thanks for the air... and what-not." -Philip J. Fry


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Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:


Saw it yesterday, but when I got home I was so tired I went right to sleep and woke up like 2 in the morning, and went right back to sleep.



It's been a good weekend for sleeping, must be the weather...

We liked the rhino, too.

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Monday, February 19, 2018 3:51 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Nap Time!



SGG


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Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:


Saw it yesterday, but when I got home I was so tired I went right to sleep and woke up like 2 in the morning, and went right back to sleep.



It's been a good weekend for sleeping, must be the weather...

We liked the rhino, too.


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