Made it into a theater to catch this movie. Rotten Tomatoes says, statistically, it’s the best movie EVER MADE. That’s not why I wanted to see it. I wanted to see it, to once again, revel in the artistry of Marvel Entertainment. They did not disappoint. Once again, a fantastic story line, with outstanding special effects, that did not overtake the story.
This story is about family, secrets, betrayals, responsibility, and just about any other life emotion you could throw in there. Forest Whitaker played a phenomenal character, another giant feather of support acting he is known for. His part pointed to wisdom, shame, responsibility, and more.
Martin Freeman took a back seat in this film, but filled his part to perfection. His part in the film pointed at courage and responsibility.
Chadwick Boseman carried the film perfectly. He showed poise and emotion, with plenty of action thrown in. The comic book character’s discretion and control came through in full with Boseman’s performance. Him confronting his father’s ancestral spirit was just so well done.
The main story line about the past affecting the future is a staple of Marvel stories. This time, they pulled a family apart and rebuilt them. The final emotion to be played out, is of course, forgiveness, and it was touching. Michael B Jordan is a rising star. His protrayal of Eric Killmonger nearly stole the show.
I was very pleased Marvel did not make this film as a narrative on the racial issues in this country right now. I expected they wouldn’t. I expected the story would come first, and it did. This is not to downplay the racial undertone in our politics right now, but rather to praise Marvel for presenting a story with such strong, capable characters, that ignore most stereotypes and entertain as well as any other Marvel movie to date.
The women of this movie stood out as much as the men. However, I think Angela Basset stole the screen with her portrayal of the Queen Mother. The other characters were good, but she brought a depth to her character the others were unable to match.
Looking forward to Ant-Man and The Wasp.