The audience, on opening night, loved this movie. And all six showings were totally sold out, making me happy I bought my ticket earlier online over the weekend. But, yes, the audience was completely into the sense of celebration, dressed in traditional African attire, laughing, cheering, applauding, hooting, and generally having a great time. It makes me want to give Black Panther a higher grade. There’s nothing like a good party.
My A- is still a very good grade. But I honestly preferred the recent Thor: Ragnarok and Spiderman: Homecoming…those were better plotted stories, tightly woven with better heroes and villains, more sprightly humor, and people I cared about. This movie (an origin story that suffers by introducing an entire NATION of new characters) moved along so quickly that I was often lost, and didn’t get to know enough about anyone to care much about their fate. The title character himself, with so much else this movie had to accomplish, had surprisingly little to say or do. But…it was so damn pretty…
In my own review I have to be true to my personal opinion, and not what I think others thought of the movie. My thoughts are that this is a spectacularly gorgeous film. The cinematography, location shots, the CGI, the total aesthetic appeal — all was topnotch. There was an epic feel to the proceedings, decent humor (mostly from the scene-stealing Princess), and some standout female performances by the aforementioned Princess, the Queen, the Girlfriend, and the General. The women were the best part of the narrative.
Wait, of course, through the entire credits. This is a Marvel movie, after all. The final one provides a long-awaited payoff.
Movie Grade: A-