Posted in Film Reviews

Black Panther Review

These last few weeks, even months there has been a lot of hype about a particular film. A film that has recently blown box office records. It’s Black Panther. As this was the biggest film to see this month, that is exactly what I did.

It started off with the history of the Black Panther and the various tribes within the nation of Wakanda, and how three out of the four tribes became united under Black Panther. With the Jabari Tribe choosing to rule themselves and keep it traditional while the others advanced in technology.

This doesn’t mean the other tribes abandoned their tradition and culture. The traditional element can be seen in the dancing and clothing worn within the ceremonies, which was a nice touch. The waterfall backdrop was a stunning place for the ceremony and first fight scene between Jabari Tribe leader M’Baku and  T’Challa (Black Panther).

The film then looks into current moral and social issues such as people’s greed and how neglect can cause a build-up of hate.

Black Panther himself displayed strong morals and good leadership. We get to see another side to Black Panther that we don’t see in Civil War, and get to understand his character and personality better.

At the beginning of the film, it is all about protecting Wakanda and not letting outsiders in, but by the end, it’s about what they can do to help others. T’Challa gives a strong speech at the end that rounds off the film nicely.

Marvel has continued its portrayal of strong women in Black Panther by making not only a whole tribe of female warriors but also by including these amazingly strong women as main characters within the film:

Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, and the Wakandan Princess. She was the inventor and was as humorous as she was intelligent.  She constantly wanted to help her brother and was not afraid to get stuck in and fight. She was definitely one of my favourite characters in the film. Plus her lab is amazing.

Then there was Black Panther’s love interest: Nakia, a spy for Wakanda and on a mission to help those less fortunate than herself. She was portrayed as strong-minded and righteous, never straying from what she believed was right.

Then there’s Okoye, who is head of the Dora Milaje (Female warriors/special forces). She is loyal to her country and its king. She never wavers from this and is not scared to question the king or have a laugh at his expense but will protect him with her life if she is able to. She is the Black Panther’s right-hand, who he can trust with all things that need to be done. She is also considered the strongest warrior in Wakanda.

The film even displays a little bit of karma; with the villain, Erik Stevens a.k.a Killmonger being a consequence of T’Challa’s father’s actions.  It is also demonstrated when M’Baku helps T’Challa, who spares his life at the beginning.

I have to say that M’Baku is a character who grows on you and is a humorous character who helps lighten the mood.

All in all definitely worth the watch.

Posted in Film Reviews

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

This past weekend I got to see the new marvel film, At first I was a bit skeptical because some films don’t live up to the hype that they are surrounded by, but this film was funny, intelligent and kept me engaged the entire time. Sure there were a few cheesy bits, but what film doesn’t have those and some of those cheesy sections ended up being hilarious.Therefore I highly recommend it especially to those marvel lovers out there.

The Characters!

As the film went on, so did my love for the various characters especially Groot, who’s only word’s were: “I am Groot.” (Vin Diesel) And whom Rocket (Raccoon) was able to translate perfectly with added commentary. Groot was an interesting character as although his words may have been limited his actions and abilities within the film continuously expanded and surprised the audience. Additionally he did what I call the Groot Smash! And gave a little smile at the end! Little Groot was also super adorable when he danced, and definitely had the cute factor on point.
Dancing Baby Groot

Rocket was another funny little character, and Bradley Cooper‘s voice was perfect and gave him a lot of character. Other than making you want Rocket as a pet, he was one of the more resourceful characters in the film, being able to make weapons and formulate plans on the spot, not all of which were perfect but did somehow work. He also was extremely funny, sarcastic at times, and for fun made people get things that he didn’t need but thought would be funny.

Then you had the main character’s love interest Gamora, played by the beautiful Zoe Saldana, who was great at putting people in their place, and extremely a talented as weapon, assassin and had an interesting back story.

Then there was Mr. Muscle man, Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Batista a killer turned friend. His comments and inability to understand caused me to laugh a lot, and I wanted him to succeed.

Finally there was the main character, Starlord played by Chris Pratt. He kept surprising me from his back story, to his humor, and even his playboy attitude, all of it made him a fun, happy go lucky character. Still I really want to know who his dad is!

Anyways I recommend it!

And remember to watch it till after the credits!
It links in to other marvel films