Black Panther, oh I have heard so much about you. And, now I have seen so much of you too! But, what did I think of you?
Simply put, I wasn’t a fan.
A small, sadistic part of me was tempted to make this my shortest review and leave it there, but deep down, we all want to know why I’m not a fan. So, read on, and let’s take a journey together through the things I liked, and the things I didn’t.
Let’s start off with the plot. Nothing massively wrong with it, in my opinion. A ruler died, there’s a small power struggle, it gets resolved, there’s a quest for revenge, it goes wrong, there’s a bigger power struggle, the main guy dies, the new ruler turns out to be a dickhead, the main guy turns out to still be alive, has one of those epiphany moments that clarifies everything and after a big battle, the good guys win.
That is pretty much the formula for your typical rise to power film. Some of the finer details vary but generally, that’s the gist. From The Lion King, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Matrix, heck, even the Rocky films, if you look at them right, this has become a staple of an abundance of films over the years. Now, it’s not that there’s anything wrong with the formula – of those films, the ones that I’ve seen were very enjoyable films – but it’s a formula that we know and we have learnt to expect. When a film becomes predictable, it loses part of that which makes it worth watching – the desire to find out what happens next.
The acting was pretty neat – I was thrown off a bit by some of the accents, particularly by Whitaker, Freeman and Wright, who I’ve seen in various other bits and bobs. Freeman and Wright, who I had only seen with rather British accents, were big shocks to me, but that does highlight acting ability rather well. One thing I did think, and I assume that it’s just because I wasn’t expecting it, but when people were speaking, it did seem like there was some really bad dubbing going on – it just didn’t feel like their mouths were moving to say what they were. It’s probably just me, but it definitely felt that way. I won’t penalise it for that – I’m not an arsehole… Well… I am, but, but…
I didn’t really notice the soundtrack all that much – those of you who’ve been with us for a while will know that, to me, is the hallmark of a good soundtrack. That said, lately I’ve been fond of using movie soundtracks to expand my own personal playlists, but with nothing standing out in Black Panther, it will sadly leave me unable to do that. Truth be told, last film that managed it was Moana, but DAMN that’s a good film. Thank you, Disney, for that one.
The visual effects were great, I thought – some of the stuff they did with the tech they wanted to showcase in the film was brilliantly pulled off by using CG, and I’ll be honest, I was impressed by some of it. The holographic remote control vehicle thing they have, used twice that we saw, is a great example of this. Very impressed with that, and I defy anyone not to be amazed by how they pulled that one off.
I think, overall, my problem with the film was that I was expecting more. I’d heard so many great thing, and with it being a Marvel film, I expect something fantastic – what I don’t expect is a run of the mill, highly predictable plot-line. Sure, it’s a good film, but it’s not a great film. And for that reason, this review is over.
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