I’ve heard many good things about this film already, like the black community is a big fan. On the poster, there are only 2 Caucasian actors (Andy Serkis & Martin Freeman). The story is supposedly taking place in Wakanda (a fictitious land somewhere in Africa) and it’s a good thing then that they chose for a black cast, as it wouldn’t be logical otherwise. When I saw the trailer, I was already surprised with the fact that all the people in Wakanda are very kickass, it’s not just the prince (black panther). It might just be that they are warrior people, this I still need to discover when I see the film.
I really, really loved this film. For a superhero film, I think they really kept African culture intact. In theory, they don’t have to do this as this is all in a virtual world but they did. The film is a cross between an original film and what comes next. Timeline-wise part of the film comes before Captain America: Civil War and part of it are the next things that happen after it.
We get to know the fictitious land of Wakanda. In my mind, I compare it with a sort of Atlantis. A country that is far ahead in knowledge and technology but is hidden from the world. At first view, everyone thinks the country is a poor African country but they are hiding their real riches and once you enter the hidden part you can see how far ahead they are. Wakanda is the country where the strongest metal in the world, Vibranium, can be found. Because of this metal, the plants that grow in there have traces of Vibranium in them.
After the events of Civil War, T’Challa returns to his home country and even though he’s the son of the king he still needs to fight for his rightful place on the throne. Besides this, they are also looking for Ulysses Klaue, the man who stole Vibranium and is selling it to the highest bidder.
The women in this film (and there are a lot of them) are very strong women. The national guard of Wakanda is completely made up of women. This is a nice change of other films where the guard is always male. Beside kickass, they are also portrayed as immensely smart. Take Shuri (the sister of T’Challa), she is the head of the science and development department in Wakanda.
I also like to talk about the cast, because it’s amazing. There are some well known African-American actors in it that you might not expect in a superhero film. I’m talking about Angela Basset and Forest Whitacker. But also the upcoming younger faces like Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan. They really take the places where they are into account for the casting. For Wakanda, you have African people, while during the trip to Korea you see Asian people.
There are not a lot of Caucasian actors in this film. There are two main characters though but storywise it works. There is Andy Serkis who plays Ulysses Klaue, and he represents the white suppressor next to being a crook. It is a bit weird to actually see Andy Serkis as in the last years he has been in films in an animated version (motion capture). Martin Freeman is the other one, he retakes his role of CIA agent Everett Ross. I really never will get used to hearing Martin talk with an American accent.
If you really want to know what happens in the film, hurry to a cinema near you. It really is worth it!