Tribute to the lost king

does not resist Their short appearance in Avengers: EndgameEarthy brown CWG, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the Kingdom of Wakanda was last seen in Black Panthernearly five years ago.

This film ends with revealing the future horizontal kingdom that was previously secret from itself to the world, with T’Challa promising that Wakanda will work alongside the other nations.

At the moment Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverThis promise, an olive branch, has been broken by the death of King T’Challa.

Due to the loss of the nation’s ruler who also doubled as its protector, the Black Panther, greedy nations around the world race to be the first to exploit Wakanda’s rich resources of vibranium.

Complicating matters is the revelation of the underwater kingdom of Talukan, whose ruler, Namur (Tenuc Huerta), is trying to forge an alliance between his nation and Wakanda.

The focus of the narrative is the remaining T’Challa family; Shuri (Leetitia Wright), princess of Wakanda, and Ramonda (Angela Bassett), queen of Wakanda’s mother.

in Wakanda foreverAs the new main character, Shuri learns to become a leader in her brother’s absence as she grapples with guilt over not being able to save him, while Ramonda struggles with the loss of her son and the duty of governing Wakanda.

How much is too much?

Wakanda forever It’s a bloated mess. There are no retouching words here. The movie is about three hours long, packed with lines, and it’s easy to see and understand why; Bosman tragic death from colon cancer in 2020, which he has been fighting especially since 2016.

When that happened, Ryan Coogler – who wrote and directed the first movie Black Panther – He already wrote the first draft of the sequel.

The more character-focused initial story, and its screenplay have been eliminated Wakanda forever Retooled with co-writer Joe Robert Cole.

The stress that Boseman’s death put on the narrative is visible throughout the proceedings, which is also made worse by the movie being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Wakanda foreverwho is already struggling to honor her missing lead actor and main character while juggling the various moving parts of her story, is also drawn into the same typical problems plaguing other MCU Phase 4 films and series — the desperate need to taste a sequel, by having the older Avenger introduce the Avenger. The new younger.

in Black WidowIt was Yelena Belova. in Doctor Strange in a multiverse of madnessAmerica was Chavez. in Thor: love and thunder, it was love; in hookIt was Kate Bishop.

for Wakanda foreverThis is in the form of Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) as Ironheart, a child prodigy who makes her very own Iron Man suit. Since she’s wearing shoes, the character has almost no development, as her presence in the movie is just a tease for the upcoming Disney+ series. iron heart.

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Interspersed with boring action sequences, the movie is nothing new; the original Black Panther He fought a full-scale fight with an animated rhinoceros, then ended in an ugly CGI fight that looked like something out of a video game in the early 2000s.

Final action sequence in Wakanda foreversplit between two different locations, one at sea and one on the beach, is painful to bear, not only is the combat choreography bad, but also the sound effects.

For example, the battle at the “Sea” seems to have been filmed in a parking lot. The problems facing the visual effects industry in pumping out these CGI-heavy films have become too noticeable to ignore.

But when the visuals are ugly, the visuals of everything else shine through, because even in T’Challa’s death, Wakanda and her compatriots never looked more alive.

Black PantherOscar-winning fashion designer Ruth E. Carter is back in the design world Wakanda foreverImpeccable fashion, allowing the two Black Panther Movies to stand out from other MCU movies.

Fashion design, along with styling and artistic direction, makes even the abstract Talokan look radiant.

Anger at colonialism

Based on Mesoamerican history and culture, Talokan and Namor are a good addition to the film and the MCU. The Hispanic weave into traditional Namur tapestry is graceful and, most importantly, logical.

Huerta, a Mexican national who made his name in the TV series Narcos: MexicoLike the anti-hero Namur, she’s a historically – in the comics – both heroic and a huge punchline. in Wakanda foreverHuerta perfectly conveys both sides.

With the Talocan people, Namur, aware of the history of colonization over its Aztec ancestors, protects them. Huerta, a realist actor, exudes a necessary Namur-like warmth to his people, which also extends to some Wakandans, due to their shared colonial history of slavery with Africans.

But to the rest of the world, and anyone who threatens the integrity of the Talokan, Huerta plays Namor with post-colonial toxicity and volcanic rage.

However, this is where it ends.

As he abundantly explained earlier, Wakanda forever Overcrowded, the Talokan story only goes away before it gets overshadowed by everything else.

The heart is in the right place

Although the film is scattered in narrative, action-packed slasher, and structural chaos, Coogler should be commended for making the film resolute in its intent to honor Boseman.

The majority of scenes—even those that don’t mention T’Challa—admit that the character (and the actor) no longer exists (or with us in the real world).

Abandoning the bright and loud introduction to the Marvel Studios logo that was usual at the start of all previous Marvel Studios films, Wakanda forever Features a custom version that only shows Boseman scenes as T’Challa.

After about three hours, the film ended quietly, with Shuri Wright mourning her brother.

On its dismal ending, with no post-credits scene, audiences and fans were finally greeted with mourning the loss of Chadwick Boseman.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Currently in cinemas.

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