Synopsis: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sees Wakanda deal with the loss of its King, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). But other events soon take precedence and Shuri (Letitia Wright) must make a life-changing decision . . .
There are those who might say that the story is totally overshadowed by grief. However, that’s not really the case. Within the story world, Wakanda is in a state of turmoil. As the U.K. has seen recently, the socio-political fallout after the loss of a monarch is vast. And it’s easy to forget that this is the second monarch Wakanda have lost, in recent years. So, the story world is very well constructed in that sense. But of course, the action is absolutely crucial, too . . .
It’s no secret that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever pits Wakanda against the Talokans. This gives the movie a heightened sense of tension. Wakanda has an enemy that’s formidable. Even the mighty Dora Milage (check our feature on their leader, Okoye played by Danai Gurira) aren’t ready for what they go up against . . . So, that means that a hero will have to rise. Cue the return of The Black Panther . . . That’s what the story then centres on. The inevitable conflict provides a way for some fantastic character exploration and development, as well as action.
It has to be said that Letitia Wright takes top marks, performance-wise, in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. There was a phenomenal amount of pressure on her. You soon forget that she’s still quite a young actor. She develops a presence as the story plays out and never once gets upstaged by her main rival, Tenoch Huerta, who plays Namor. Angela Bassett also does superb, as the grieving Queen Ramonda. You fully buy into the fact that she’s a mother who has lost a son. Some really superb stuff from her. Angela Bassett has at times truly stage-like presence. Tenoch Huerta brings a sense of foreboding to the screen, balancing humanity with rage-filled God. Some great nuance.
CGI & Effects
Again, we’re reminded that the nation of Wakanda is greatly advanced. The subtle design is what makes things look so seamless. Also, the landscape is beautifully expressed in visual ways. That’s crucial and an element of effects that can often get overlooked. Obviously, fans want to see action and intense fight scenes! Black Panther: Wakanda Forever doesn’t disappoint, but things are balanced so that the overall visual impact of the film remains stunning.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a worthy sequel and one that thrusts fans right back into the world of the fictional nation. We get to experience the politics of the country and feel the struggle of the inhabitants. This helps to make for a truly human journey, as well as a riveting adventure. There was of course a gaping void, with the absence of Chadwick Boseman. All involved ensured that his memory was honoured in the best possible way they could. There’s no doubt the legacy he created will now continue. His legend will never be forgotten – Wakanda Forever!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in cinemas now, worldwide!
- CGI & Effects9.5
- Incidental Music9.6