Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Movie Review: Heartening And Cathartic, With Powerful Performances

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By Johnson Thomas

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Cast:

Letitia
Wright,
Lupita
Nyong’o,
Danai
Gurira,
Angela
Bassett,
Winston
Duke,
Dominique
Thorne,
Martin
Freeman,
Tenoch
Huerta,
Florence
Kasumba,
Michaela
Coel,
Alex
Livinalli,
Mable
Cadena

Director:

Ryan
Coogler

The
late
Chadwick
Boseman’s
absence
in
Black
Panther:
Wakanda
Forever
can
be
felt
deeply

also
because
director
Ryan
Coogler
goes
heavy-handed
with
the
sentiments
and
eulogies.
Boseman
had
brought
great
heart
and
attitude
to
the
celebrated
role
of
the
first
Black
superhero
(to
get
a
standalone
movie)
in
the
Marvel
Cinematic
Universe
(MCU).
His
untimely
death
following
a
private
battle
with
colon
cancer
forced
the
scriptwriter
/
director
to
change
the
course
of
the
sequel
drastically.
Coogler
in
fact
uses
that
unfortunate
circumstance
to
address
the
loss,
within
the
movie.

With
Wakanda
grieving
over
the
death
of
King
T’Challa,
the
people,
rudderless
without
their
protector,
have
to
continue
protecting
their
precious
‘vibranium’
resource
from
greedy
nations
from
across
the
world.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Movie Review

Their
relationship
with
the
UN
gets
more
complicated
and
suddenly
they
find
themselves
fighting
a
new
unknown
enemy
in
the
form
of
Namor
(Tenoch
Huerta)
from
Talokan

a
powerful
underwater
nation
that
the
world
was
totally
unaware
of.
The
scale
is
epic
but
the
film
also
feels
intimate
and
extremely
personal
because
of
the
treatment
employed
here.

The
world-building
here
is
fresh
and
strong
on
exposition
and
character
study.

Shuri
(Letitia
Wright),
at
the
heart
of
this
movie,
gets
all
the
definitive
moments
while
Nakia
(Lupita
Nyong’o),
Okoye
(Dania
Gurira),
M’Baku
(Winston
Duke),
and
Queen
Ramonda
(Angela
Bassett)
shed
luminosity
with
their
solid
presence
and
rewarding
story
arcs.

One
of
the
new
characters
introduced
is
Riri
Williams
(Dominique
Thorne),
a
young
genius
student
whose
technological
versatility
rivals
that
of
Tony
Stark.
She
is
charismatic
and
certainly
appears
to
have
the
potential
to
grow
in
stature
as
the
future
instalments
keep
coming.

The
manner
in
which
Coogler
has
incorporated
Boseman’s
passing
into
the
story
has
a
great
impact.
Namor
is
an
intriguing
character
here
but
his
grouse
and
aggression
against
Wakanda
don’t
stand
up
to
close
scrutiny.
The
underwater
world
of
Talokan
has
great
potential
to
up
the
ante
in
future
sequels.
It
looks
quite
spectacular
-especially
with
the
unique
powers
that
its
inhabitants
seem
to
possess.

Wakandan
lore
of
experiencing
historical
tragedies
and
their
subsequent
effects
on
the
people
living
today
and
the
construct
about
globalism
vs.
isolationism,
is
explored
once
again.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Movie Review

This
film
though
is
as
much
a
tribute
to
Boseman’s
short-lived
career
as
it
is
a
homage
to
a
character
of
King
T’Challa/Black
Panther
that
has
caught
the
imagination
of
the
audience
so
emphatically.

And
Coogler
makes
it
imperative
that
the
audience
feel
the
loss
and
experience
the
catharsis
through
the
elegiac
grief
cycle
he
orchestrates
here.

There’s
hope
at
the
end
of
the
tunnel
though.
Shuri,
ravaged
by
guilt
and
embarking
on
vengeance
gains
redemption
en
route
while
a
new
lineage
emerges
from
the
shadows
of
the
gloomy
past.

With
a
runtime
of
161
minutes,
the
narrative
of
Black
Panther:
Wakanda
Forever
tends
to
weigh
you
down
intermittently

but
then
there
are
also
those
beautiful
moments
created
by
a
strongly
rhythmic
musical
score,
evocative
songs,
powerful
performances,
fantastic
production
design,
and
vividly
enchanting
cinematography
to
keep
you
grounded
and
absorbed
in
what
is
happening
on
the
screen!

Story first published: Friday, November 11, 2022, 19:34 [IST]

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