Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther premiered in Los Angeles on January 29, 2018. It was officially released in the United States on February 16. Critics prized it for its deep cultural message, and the public loved the absolute quality of every photogram. We might have just seen the first superhero movie running for the best motion picture award at the Oscars. It actually stole the scene already at the last ceremony. Ask Jimmy Kimmel!
We saw Black Panther for the first time in Captain America: Civil War. Now, is time for King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) to go back home to be the true leader of his people in Wakanda. The African nation blessed by a meteorite containing vibranium centuries ago. However, T’Challa soon finds out that he has enemies plotting against him from the inside. T’Challa, wearing again the Black Panther clothes and helped by the beautiful Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), will team up with C.I.A. and the Wakandan special forces, to prevent his Country from being dragged into the third world war.
There is so much in this movie that makes it special. The script and the direction (both by Coogler) have been prized by critics from all around the world. Same as the incredible visual effect that, alone, are worth the price of the ticket. The cast offers an incredible interpretation, especially in the supporting roles like Nakia, where Nyong’o is simply perfect. Also, the soundtrack is pure adrenaline. But what makes Black Panther a masterpiece is its social implication. A point of view that is unequivocal and will mark this industry forever.
When publishing this article, Black Panther already grossed 930M dollars worldwide. With more than 500M dollars in the domestic market (US), this is the 3rd fastest movie to reach half a billion in the domestic market, of all time. With its impressive 235M dollars grossed in the first weekend, Black Panther delivered also the fifth largest opening ever. Data source: Box Office Mojo.
The movie features many extreme fight scenes, but there were not so many stuntmen. Boseman and his co-actors had to attend a special course to enhance their fighting skills and become real warriors. Thumbs up for that!