Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – It’s A Mess

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – It’s A Mess

You don’t need someone like me to tell you that Black Panther was a huge success, with a stellar cast and the support of a sociopolitical movement. But what happens when you take away all those advantages? You get Wakanda Forever, a mess of a film with a boring protagonist, a weak plot, questionable morality, and forgettable villains.

The movie opens with Shuri trying to save her dying brother T’Challa by synthesizing theBlack Panther magical herb that turned him into Black Panther. Despite her efforts, she fails. Skip forward a year, and Queen Ramonda refuses to honor trade agreements, wanting to keep Wakanda’s power to themselves.

The Americans search for other sources of vibranium and find some in the Atlantic Ocean. The research vessel is attacked by the underwater race led by Ocean Man, who wants the Wakandans’ help to track down the scientist who made the detector machine.

There are numerous plot holes and inconsistencies in the film, making it a tedious watch. The characters’ choices and actions are questionable, and the portrayal of Wakanda as the most powerful nation on Earth is hard to believe. Overall, Wakanda Forever fails to capture the lightning in a bottle that Black Panther did.

 

The pacing of this movie resulted in it almost being three hours long. Let me set the scene for you: Bilbo Baggins is jogging in the woods when a mosquito-like drone starts pestering him. He follows it and eventually meets Shuri and Riri Williams. However, this entire sequence serves no purpose and is never mentioned again.

Black PantherThey go to the university where the scientist works, but the FBI arrives to stop them. A chase sequence ensues, resulting in Riri crashing an aircraft into a police barricade. Ocean Man and his bluefish people capture Shuri and Riri and take them to his underwater kingdom. He wants Shuri to join him in killing every person on the surface.

 

T’Challa’s girlfriend from the previous movie shows up to rescue them. Ocean Man attacks Wakanda, but they defeat him by locking him in a room with heaters to dry him out. The film ends with everything back to normal.

This film combines the worst tendencies of the MCU, including overuse of bad CGI, power creep, shameless pandering, and a rushed script. The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman required script changes, but it needed a complete rewrite. The film’s tone is inconsistent, with characters going from contemplation to jokes without proper transition.

Ocean Man is one of the worst antagonists in MCU history. His backstory is convoluted and his motivationsBlack Panther are unclear. He lacks presence and looks ridiculous. Riri Williams is a pointless addition to the film, serving as a platform to launch her character without contributing much to the story.

 

Overall, Wakanda Forever is a messy film that prioritizes quantity over quality, rushing to produce new products without proper artistic integrity.

 Foreign Music in a Cinematic Universe

In a cinematic universe where half of all living beings have already died and come back to life, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” reminds us that losing one person can feel just as devastating. The death of T’Challa and actor Chadwick Bosem

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an weighs heavy on “Wakanda Forever,” with the fictional nation struggling to replace both their monarch and their champion.

Marvel Studios is faced with the challenge of honoring Boseman’s legacy while introducing an entirely new nation and paving the way for new Marvel stories. “Wakanda Forever” serves as an effective emotional farewell to T’Challa, a meditation on forging one’s own future out of a painful past.

 

Addressing Boseman’s Passing

The movie wastes no time addressing Boseman’s passing, with a funeral procession that speaks to the conflicting emotions the film has to balance. While there is joyous dancing and celebration of what T’Challa brought to his nation, there is also solemnity as the characters grieve and try to process their pain.

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With T’Challa’s death, a power vacuum is created and Wakanda faces immense political pressure to submit to regulations that could endanger the world. Ramonda, who is acting as a steward to the throne, delivers a commanding performance and provides Shuri with a connection to her culture’s past.

However, the storyline of colonialism is largely abandoned as the conflict draws in Namor and his underwater kingdom of Talocon. While Namor is an engaging antagonist, his intense dialogue scenes with Shuri provide a richness to his character.

Black PantherMaritime Mayhem and New Characters

The inclusion of an opposing nation of undersea warriors provides ample opportunity for action and gives the MCU a new palette for storytelling. However, the movie pushes its luck too far with a poorly conceived tactical choice in the climactic third act battle.

As for the new characters, they represent the tendency of the films to overindulge in ongoing plot lines. Riri Williams, played by Dominique Thorne, is a fiery and industrious addition, setting the stage for the upcoming Disney Plus series “Ironheart.” While her involvement in the action feels forced at times, she does provide a sibling-like figure for Shuri.

 

 A Sequel, a Tease, and a Farewell

“Wakanda Forever” had the challenge of being a sequel to a cultural juggernaut, a tease of upcoming MCU adventures, and a loving farewell to Chadwick Boseman. While the film struggles to balance these mandates at times, the nuanced and committed performances from the returning cast keep it grounded.

Director and co-writer Ryan Coogler’s efforts are most powerful when the film confronts the loss of T’Challa and Chadwick Boseman. The specifics of the plot may not leave a lasting impact, but the new Black Panther stands tall thanks to its emotional resonance.

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