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REVIEW: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 2022

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Overview

Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.

  1. Ryan Coogler

    Director, Screenplay, Story

  2. Jack Kirby

    Characters

  3. Stan Lee

    Characters

  4. Joe Robert Cole

    Screenplay

In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.

Magic of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

MOVIE REVIEW: Magic of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

‘‘The ending is superb. I predict that there will be part 3 of this movie, with the revelation that the late King T’Challa had fathered a child with Nakia before she escaped to Haiti, where the boy, Toussaint, and his mother now live’’.

 

I finally watched Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Great acting by the cast, especially Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o.

However, there is a massive hole in the movie without the late Chadwick Boseman, “the Black Panther,” who passed on, sadly, two years ago at the age of 46.

And how I wish Michael B. Jordan were given more than a special appearance! Michael is a heart-grabber any day. I had also expected to see more of Daniel Kaluuya after his unforgettable role in the first Black Panther film.

The costume and the special effects are also superb. The kingdom of Talokan, situated below the Atlantic Ocean, is out of this world.

However, even though some people may think the lip ring on Isaach de Bankolé is a welcome expression of a Masai cultural artefact, I didn’t find it funny or wholesome. It doesn’t even allow him to speak quickly. They should have put that awful thing on the mouth of a Kenyan actor instead of an Ivorian’s! Well, someone said Wakanda is another name for Kenya.

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Flaws

Also, given a chance, I would delete several scenes and shots, including those sleepy market ones. The sound effects are prize-winning; the one that got me hooked was the drumbeat when the spear was beaten into the ground.

Moreover, my forgiving spirit wasn’t comfortable allowing Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejía) to go scot-free after killing our lovely Queen Ramonda (played so beautifully by the delectable Angela Bassett).

Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) should have simply put that burning spear through his heart as he lies helplessly on the sandy beach. Reason: the cataclysm he caused in our dear Wakanda when he came for revenge over the death of his daughter was way too much to bear.

The alliance he is forced to consummate with Wakanda is fake because he tells his cousin that it is a ploy to buy the time he needs to conquer the land world, our world. That means he is not in it to form an invincible bulwark against the machinations of those supercilious superpowers.

The ending is superb. I predict that there will be part 3 of this movie, with the revelation that the late King T’Challa had fathered a child with Nakia before she escaped to Haiti, where the boy, Toussaint, and his mother now live. Besides, his ancestral name is also T’Challa.

Another basis for expecting part 3 is that the tussle with the Western powers over access to vibranium, Wakanda’s prized possession, has not been resolved, so that it will continue. Viewers would like to see where the deadly competition will go under Queen Shuri, as the fake alliance with the Talokan kingdom is already doomed.

Final Verdict

Overall, Wakanda Forever is worth my N6,000 gate fee (I even paid for two other viewers). I am not surprised it attained an impressive approval rating on the most trusted movie scalers – 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.4/10 on IMDb.

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