I heard a lot of great things about this movie, and so decided to see it at the theater, hoping I wouldn't be disappointed... and I wasn't! It really was that great.
Granted the story all plays out in an incredibly short time, to the point there's an all-out civil war that lasts but a few minutes, and the bad guy doesn't have time to grow in his role before the movie is really over. The threat escalates incredibly fast and then *boom* gone.
But that's the only downside. I love the characters. I love the tribal soundtrack. I like the Wakanda world, with it's rituals, rich history and heritage, and the people who live there. I love how different this is from the regular superhero movies - with the tropical milieu, the tribes, traditions, and the clash between old and futuristic.
I love the idea as much as the execution of it, and when it's all done I love the credits too, with Kendrick Lamar's butterfly-pimping music playing over a hazy and colorful choreography of characters.
It's a work of art, from the project beginning, to the project end, to Michael B. Jordan in his role, to the Black Panther himself, to the fall, to the museum scene, to the chase. The special effects flow seamlessly with the rest of it - only in the final fight does it feel like pretty much their entire world is greenscreened, and the villain does rush things and get a bit out of character... but he comes around.
I really enjoyed this movie! It feels like it could have been a whole trilogy. Like they really could have built up their world a lot more than they did before the final showdown, but I love what they did with it. It's refreshingly different, down-to-Earth, and most of it not in the setting I'd expected at all. Along with Doctor Strange this is definitely the best Marvel movie I've seen in some time. Maybe ever.
rated 5/5: friggin awesome
It's still good after all!
Watching it again now sometimes I doubted. When it seemed to be more jungle than I remembered. When it really took place almost entirely in Wakanda. When I hadn't seen any other Marvel movie before it, and felt like this being distant from the rest of the world was maybe less of an appreciative break than last time; more of an imbalance... it goes better when appreciated together with all the other movies leading through the Avengers saga.
And I didn't appreciate the special effects jumps either. And the heist scene wasn't as iconic as I remembered - it felt short. And the civil war scene was a little smaller than I remembered it... but overall... they've got it. When the credits come rollin' yeah man.
It wasn't as amazing as last time though, which is a shame, and seems to imply it might not be one for the IMDB Top 250 or similar after all, but it certainly is a good movie still.
Whether the somewhat lower score now has to do with a lack of concurrent immersion in the rest of the Marvel realm that amplify this, or that it's a more one-time-watch kind of perfection I'm not sure.
See review above for even great first-impression awe and appreciation.
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome