Black Panther Wakanda Forever Movie Review

black panther Wakanda Forever

Black panther Wakanda Forever”Embedded at the heart of  Black Panther Wakanda Forever the highly anticipated sequel to the immensely successful ‘Black Panther,’ lies a genuine and poignant tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, even though the broader film occasionally emanates a sense of deception. The narrative commences with a somber funeral procession honoring the recently departed King Tchula. Draped in pristine white attire, Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) gracefully lead the procession alongside a black coffin embellished with a silver symbol portraying the iconic Black Panther mask and the revered crossed arms of the Wakanda salute.

The melancholy procession elegantly traverses the kingdom’s landscapes, its mournful aura juxtaposed against meticulously captured slow-motion sequences of exuberant dancers commemorating their fallen leader. The poignant spectacle culminates as the coffin is reverently positioned in an open expanse, ascending skyward in a profoundly symbolic ceremony. A subsequent sequence tenderly weaves an earnest and emotional montage, spotlighting Boseman’s portrayal of Tchula. This sequence of solemn and poignant visuals seamlessly transitions into the recognizable “Marvel Studios” logo, a testament that this cinematic endeavor remains firmly entrenched within the Marvel universe.

However, amidst the film’s sincere intentions, the overarching presence of its Marvel identity occasionally dilutes the impact of its heartfelt moments. ‘Wakanda Forever’ navigates a delicate balance between earnest homage and its commercial context, yielding an experience that, while genuine in its core, occasionally grapples with its blockbuster lineage.”

The triumph of “Black Panther” can be attributed to a distinctive factor akin to the concealed marvel of the African realm of Wakanda itself. The film maintained a remarkable balance on the periphery of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, diverging from the conventional demands that often encumber other cinematic endeavors. Humor was not merely a tool for intertextual nods but an organic outgrowth of character dynamics. Each character was purposefully interwoven into the narrative, barring a few exceptions like Andy Serkis’ portrayal of Ulysses Klaue. Unlike many counterparts, the film remained focused on its narrative, eschewing overt preoccupations with sprawling franchise expansion.

In the context of the melancholy sequel, the creative latitude that once empowered writer/director Ryan Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole has transformed. The evolving dynamics are marked by a series of constraints, some of which extend beyond their sphere of influence—most notably, the lamentable passing of Boseman. Concurrently, certain limitations stem from a need to conform to the mechanics of the cinematic apparatus, representing a balance between artistic vision and industry assimilation.

The ambitious screenplay is rich with a multitude of ideas and thematic elements. Rather than a conventional portrayal of united forces against a common adversary, it introduces a complex dynamic wherein two kingdoms, led by individuals of color, are in opposition. This intriguing concept needs to realize its thematic potential fully. The narrative explores the enduring cultural wounds stemming from the historical obliteration of Indigenous realms in Central and South America.

Furthermore, the script is tasked with several additional objectives: it must seamlessly lay the groundwork for the forthcoming Marvel TV series “Iron heart,” spotlight the aftermath of The Snap, pay homage to the lamentable loss of Boseman, and navigate the selection of a new Black Panther. These multifaceted demands are further compounded by the requirements of the MCU’s penchant for high-impact spectacle—ensuring the film’s viability as a mainstream blockbuster capable of propelling the next cinematic phase.

Yet, amid these intricate interplays lies the imperative to satisfy the deep-seated sentiments of Black audiences who find validation and cultural significance in representing Black royalty within a fantastical context. The convergence of these factors makes a single movie’s scope somewhat overwhelming. One cannot speculate that this narrative canvas might have been better served by the expanse of two distinct cinematic endeavors.

“In ‘Wakanda Forever,’ the narrative encounters some challenges in its initial setup. In a transformed geopolitical landscape, former colonizing nations grapple with apprehensions over the rise of an African superpower, spurring a global quest for Vibranium—an exceptional metallic resource fueling the African kingdom’s advancements. The story’s focal point is the enterprising young scientist, Riri Thorne, who becomes entwined in an intricate search, unraveling an expedition that ventures to the ocean’s depths. Here, a fateful encounter unfolds with Namor/Kukulkan, a commanding figure portrayed with a captivating intensity by Tenoch Huerta, ruler of Taloqan. Bearing an aura of menace and audacity, Namor’s enigmatic presence sets a new course.

He is emerging from the underwater realms, Namor, his distinctive pointed ears tuned to the heavens and his agile, winged feet in motion, surfaces within the vibrant tapestry of Wakanda. He approaches the somber yet resolute Ramonda and the embittered Shuri with his visage adorned with cascading water droplets, jade earrings, and a glorious necklace composed of Vibranium and pearls. What initially appears to be an alliance harbors an underlying threat, concealing a complex undercurrent of intentions. The introduction of Namor catalyzes a pivotal turn of events, propelling Wakanda to seek the counsel of Everett Ross, portrayed by Martin Freeman. This development sets in motion an intricate web of cameos and subplots, which, while laden with the weight of franchise expectations, lend an enriching layer of depth to the overarching narrative.”

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“An imperative thematic element in Black Panther Wakanda Forever resides in Coogler’s masterful portrayal of righteous rage. This is particularly evident in Ramonda’s powerful inaugural scene, wherein she boldly rebukes the United Nations’ audacious expectation for Wakanda to share its invaluable Vibranium resources with the world, even as clandestine efforts persist to appropriate this coveted asset. Angela Bassett’s commanding performance resonates profoundly as her character’s voice reverberates, her unwavering gaze exudes a palpable intensity, and the sheer potency of her emotions is keenly felt.

Concurrently, Shuri, who has found solace within her laboratory while devising formidable weaponry, embodies a deeper turmoil. The film captures her burgeoning desire to witness the world succumb to chaos, underscoring the intricate interplay of emotions. The symbiotic bond of shared anger between these remarkable women precipitates a series of impulsive decisions, subsequently triggering a cascade of heightened tensions with Namor—an individual driven by an unrelenting yearning to avenge his mother and forebears.

While the narrative strives to position the trio within the framework of distinct grief stages, the film occasionally labors to succinctly convey the weight of Namor’s harrowing past, leading to segments that occasionally veer towards sluggish pace and amplified dramatics. Nonetheless, the overarching portrayal of potent emotions and a nuanced exploration of characters’ responses to profound loss and betrayal enrich the cinematic experience, rendering Black Panther Wakanda Forever an engaging and thought-provoking opus.”

There could have existed a means to interconnect these narrative arcs; however, achieving this would demand a more adept approach to visual storytelling than what the movie ultimately presents. Regrettably, the dialogue frequently remains superficial, either by presenting extensive exposition that explicitly articulates the characters’ thoughts or by attempting to amalgamate the genuine emotional distress experienced by the actors with that of their on-screen personas. The latter approach certainly affords these performers a crucial opportunity to convey their pain on the screen authentically. Yet, when did filmmakers misplace their proficiency in conveying meaning through visuals alone? Why do contemporary blockbuster productions find such fascination in guiding the audience through every intricacy, leaving nothing to implication? At a particular juncture, after Namor’s thorough explication of his complete backstory, Shuri retorts, “Why are you divulging all of these details to me?” This moment feels akin to a directive director Ryan Coogler might have imparted to himself.

The deficiencies within the dialogue and narrative, coupled with the notable concessions made to accommodate the demands of intellectual property considerations, might have been more palatable had the visual elements demonstrated a higher level of finesse. The choreography of the action sequences appears somewhat disjointed, making it challenging to discern the sequence of events: the arrangement of shots by editors Michael P. Shawver, Kelley Dixon, and Jennifer Lame sometimes blurs into an unintelligible amalgamation. While it is worth acknowledging that there were technical problems during my screening of the film, which could have contributed to the overly dim lighting, the actual composition overseen by cinematographer Autumn Dural Arka paw, in collaboration with the film’s extensive employment of visual effects, lacks a distinct spatial quality. Scenes depicting the ordinary occurrences of life in Wakanda—Black individuals engaging in commerce, communities sharing moments of cheer and camaraderie—previously a source of delight for viewers, come across as contrived in this instance. The once splendid panoramas of the nation have been transformed into somber backdrops. A portion of that sense of wonderment is recaptured upon encountering Taloqan, with its grand Mayan architecture and ornate murals. However, one cannot help but wish, much like the scenario with “Black Panther,” that Namor had been afforded his standalone film, allowing these sequences to breathe, enabling us to immerse ourselves fully in this realm, much like we did in Wakanda.

This cinematic endeavor ambitiously aims to pave the way for the future through the character of Shuri, brilliantly portrayed by the talented actress Wright. Despite her remarkable ability to carry the emotional weight of a film, her performance is consistently at odds with the screenplay. Navigating through a cringe-inducing cameo, navigating past awkward humor, and navigating toward an overly tidy conclusion, Wright’s tenacity shines.

Assured and charismatic, Winston Duke embodies Makau, providing invaluable support, while Lupita Nyong’o’s potential as Nakia feels underutilized. Danai Gurira’s portrayal of Okoye exudes resilience, anchoring the ensemble. Meanwhile, the introduction of Michaela Coel as Aneka, a whimsical character whose tonal dissonance clashes with the somber atmosphere, attempts to offer fun, albeit with questionable success.

Collectively, this ensemble cast strives to uphold the film’s narrative yet struggles to counterbalance a storyline overly reliant on heated confrontations and overt visual and political allegories. Regrettably, these metaphors often appear simplified, reminiscent of the somewhat lackluster quality in Rihanna’s accompanying soundtrack, “Lift Me.”

A momentous naval clash unfolds, featuring the deployment of innovative yet intricate contrivances, while narrative loose ends find a somewhat hasty resolution. The film pays further homage to Boseman through a dedicated montage and finds solace in its coherent beginning and ending despite its occasional narrative disarray. However, the otherwise commendable experience takes an unfortunate turn with a saccharine post-credit scene. This moment, seemingly gratuitous and emotionally manipulative, raises questions about Coogler’s creative intent. Bearing a significant burden, Coogler faced substantial expectations for this cinematic endeavor. Yet, the scene must be more dramatic, lacking full narrative justification and detracting from the film’s overall impact. Black Panther Wakanda Forever aspires to a heartfelt narrative, yet at times grapples with a conflicting creative framework and its placement within a constructed cinematic universe, ultimately hindering its authentic mourning process.