I finally saw it Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Great acting from the cast, especially Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o.
However, there is a huge hole in the film without the late Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”, unfortunately, two years ago at the age of 46.
And how I wish I could give Michael B. Jordan more than one special appearance! Michael captures the heart any day. I was also hoping to see more from Daniel Kaluuya after his unforgettable role in the first Black Panther film.
The costume and special effects are also excellent. The Talokan kingdom, which lies beneath the Atlantic Ocean, is out of this world.
However, while some people may think Isaach de Bankolé’s lip ring is a welcome expression of a Maasai cultural artifact, I didn’t find it funny or wholesome. He doesn’t even let her speak fast. They should put that awful thing in the mouth of a Kenyan actress instead of an Ivorian! Well, someone said Wakanda is another name for Kenya.
Also, given the chance, I would delete several scenes and shots, including those sleepy markets. The sound effects are award-winning; What hooked me was the drumming of the spear on the ground.
Also, my forgiving spirit was not comfortable leaving Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejía) without a scotch after the death of our lovely Queen Ramonda (played beautifully by Angela Bassett).
Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) had to drive that burning spear into her heart as she lay helplessly on the beach. The reason: the cataclysm he wreaked on our beloved Wakanda when he came seeking revenge for the death of his daughter was too much to bear.
It’s a false alliance he’s forced to make with Wakanda because he tells his cousin that earthworld is a ruse to buy him the time he needs to conquer our world. This means that there is nowhere to form an invincible bulwark against the machinations of these evil superpowers.
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It’s a great ending. I predict there will be a part 3 of this movie, the late King T’Challa fathered a child with Nakia before fleeing to Haiti, where the boy, Toussaint, and his mother now live. Also, his ancestral name is T’Challa.
Another basis for hoping for Part 3 is that the dispute with the Western powers over access to vibranium, Wakanda’s prized possession, has not been resolved so that it can continue. Viewers will want to see where the deadly rivalry under Queen Shuri will go, as the false alliance with the Talokan kingdom is already doomed.
The Last Judgment
Overall, Wakanda Forever is worth my N6,000 gate fee (I also paid for two other spectators). I’m not surprised that it scored an impressive approval rating on the film’s most reliable scalers: 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.4/10 on IMDb.
As expected, African moviegoers have shown their love. PREMIUM TIMES reported that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has made history across the continent, breaking previous box office records.
In Nigeria, it became the “biggest opening weekend in the industry with a box office tally of ₦240 million,” the Abuja newspaper reported. That figure should triple as theaters continue to fill up.
Given Nigeria’s position not only as Africa’s big sister but also as a significant player in the global movie industry, I expected Marvel Studios to have Nigerians play prominent roles in this second installment, especially given the complaints that our actors were not seen. First movie in 2018, although there is an episode of Chibok girls in it. (Someone told me there are Nigerians in the current movie. Who are they? Kamaru Usman, you mean? I asked. No!).
Director Ryan Coogler should have asked that question when he, along with some of the cast and crew, including Wright, Nyong’o, Gurira, Mejía and Winston Duke, came to Lagos on November 6 for the film’s “black carpet” premiere. movie – African Marvel Studios first official release in Nigeria.
However, I take my hat off to the director and his team. Fists crossed over chest, “Wakanda forever!”
* Ibrahim Sheme is NOUN’s director of media and publicity
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