Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is more than meets the eye
Black Panther Wakanda Forever is easily one of the year's best films with audiences crying on minute, laughing the next, then rooting for the good guys or shall we say the good women gets the best of the villains. Watch the review above to get a better understanding of just how deep this film went.
Awesome Sci-Fi Action
"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" tops box office, brings in $330 million worldwide. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" jumped to the top of the box office this weekend after it opened with an estimated $180 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada.
First and foremost, being a marvel flick, it's important to remember that it is a science fiction/action film drawn from a comic book more than 50 years old. But the science fiction element is dazzling and inspires awe and nearly every scene. It's remarkable to have a location that is both high-tech and organically African at the same time but they pulled it off. Here are some basic reasons this film may have become an instant classic.
More Colonizers of indeginous people for resources
When it comes to villains, it's not unusual to have greedy government people involved, stealthy special operations soldiers and the rest of it. That's the world of marvel comics and it's on display big time here. The colonizers are in full effect with a single goal of grabbing the resources of indiginal people. And it's not just the wakondence this time.
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The cast was deep with extraordinary talent including academy award nominees and winners. The acting feast was led by the incredible Angela Bassett and one of her strongest roles yet.
That says a lot considering she's played some extraordinary characters throughout her career. The women in this film were over the top strong, disciplined, intelligent, brave and lethal. To bring these traits to life, the actors were in supreme condition and extraordinarily focused. The villain was just as captivating. Tenoch Huerta was in complete conmtrol of the character Namor. The charismatic and dedicated character is the anchor in the films tension and suspense.
While every actor in the film carried their own weight beautifully, it was Liticia Wright who had the largest burden to bear. Having to deal with the death of Chadwick Boseman, the film's superstar, and central character was tough enough. Then this dynamic young lady was called to action in an intense film that required all she had to give. Add to that the real life injury that she suffered on the set which delayed production.
In a scene stealing segment, Wright as Shuri and Danai Gurira as General Okoye pull of fa hillarious dialogue that catches the audience by surprise. In her role as the general, Okoye is a master strategist who is a legendary warrior as well. But lets get back to Ms. Wright. At the end of the day, she turned in a stellar performance that carried the film when it needed to be carried. Some were critical about her being the wrong choice however there were very few of any other options and she played her position, not trying too hard to sell the character, but letting the emotions flow according to what the scene demanded. Acting with the greats in this film absolutely helped elevate her game.
Actor José Tenoch Huerta Mejía is a Mexican actor. He has appeared in a number of movies in Latin America and Spain, starring in both feature films, short films, and Narcos: Mexico, credited as Tenoch Huerta. He is one of the actors featured in Mónica Maristain's book 30 Actors Made in Mexico.
Where did he come from you may ask? In 2006, he made his acting career debut in the film Asi del precipicio as a minor character. In 2009, he appeared in Cary Joji Fukunaga's film Sin nombre in the role of Li'l Mago, leader of the Tapachula faction of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang.
In 2021, he appeared as Juan in The Forever Purge, the fifth film of The Purge franchise, alongside his fellow Narcos: Mexico costar Alejandro Edda. During the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con presentation for the Marvel Studios film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Huerta was revealed to have joined the cast and revealed to be portraying Namor. In the film, his intensity and presence was undeniable and we can't wait to see more. What a choice.
Phenominal settings and locations
The locations are spectacular. Wakanda, officially known as the Kingdom of Wakanda, is a small isolationist landlocked country located in Africa, surrounded by mountain ranges and a thick jungle. It is one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth, known for its rich deposits of the element vibranium. This is where most of the story takes place and that is one phenomenal fictional nation. With vast mountains, snow capped regions, valleys lakes rivers all in a lush African oasis. Thrusting from the ground are glistening skyscrapers and gleaming towers that reflect both Africa's past it's present and its future.
The fictional nation of Wakanda is one of the more impressive creations of recent fantasy cinema. The country is, by the conceit of the film, located on top of the world's only known supply of vibranium, a miracle element that allowed the rapid invention of high-tech devices like force fields and flying saucers. Wakanda is a high-tech paradise that bears the aesthetics and design trappings of ancient central-African history. Wakanda, it should also be noted, was never colonized by another nation, leaving their culture room to evolve without conquerors committing crimes against humanity. The result is mezmerizing. Light rail trains float above leveraging electric magnetic power to seemingly float. Spaceships and various kinds of anti-gravity aircraft zoom by overhead. The fight scenes are massive with whole armies taking on one another. And the water scenes are as good as any on film. This was a monumental achievement.
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