I went to see Black Panther with my fellow Hook writer and “friend”, I suppose, Josh Rogers. He got scared when Andy Serkis raised his voice in the interrogation room and had to leave briefly – bless him – but in general, we both enjoyed the film.
At the time of watching, it seemed like an important film, and one that the world had been crying out for for a long time.
The cast was excellent and Black Panther introduced something we hadn’t seen since Loki – a compelling villain (although I think Zemo was criminally underrated).
With that in mind though, it’s not much of a surprise that of all of the Marvel films to grace our screens, it’s Black Panther that has become the first to be nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes.
The Wakanda romp is up against BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born, in the category and honestly, I like its chances.
The film was colossal in the box office, raking in $1.34 billion by the end of May and essentially guaranteeing Chadwick Boseman’s role int he MCU for many years to come.
Ryan Coogler is already signed on to create the sequel to the hit film, we just need to see how T’Challa’s going to get out of the scrape he found himself in during Infinity War, i.e. being erased from existence.
Along with the film itself, ‘Best Original Score’ and ‘Original Song’ for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘All The Stars’ are up for grabs.
The album released with the film was fantastic, to its credit. I’d actually say that the album was better than the film. I’ve opened up a can of worms here now.
Honestly, I don’t think Black Panther is the best Marvel film in recent years. Infinity War was better – in my opinion – Thor: Ragnarok was more entertaining, and Captain America: Civil War was probably in the same league.
With all of that said, wait until you lot get to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; it’s utterly fantastic. Everything about it works and it’s probably the best Spider-Man film to date; making it one of the best superhero films to date by proxy.
Anyway, congratulations to Marvel and Black Panther. Let’s hope it opens a door that lets critics know that films don’t have to be dark and depressing to be considered good.
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