Black Panther 2 Review: A Tribute to Chadwick Boseman
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Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever Review: A Tribute to Chadwick Boseman
In a cinematic universe where half of all living beings have already died and come back to life, Black Panther Wakanda Forever reminds us that losing one person can feel just as devastating. T’Challa and actor Chad Wick Bozeman weighs heavy on Wakanda forever.
With the fictional nation struggling to replace both its monarch and its champion and Marvel Studios deciding how to honor a man it was clearly ready to work with for years to come. Wakanda Forever is an effective emotional farewell to T’Challa, a meditation on forging one’s own future out of a painful past, but with a plot that has to introduce an entirely new nation and pave the way for a new wave of Marvel stories, it does struggle under the weight of all that expectation.
Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever wastes no time addressing Bozeman’s passing, and the funeral procession that follows speaks to the incredibly fine line Wakanda Forever has to walk. There’s joyous dancing and celebration of what T’Challa brought to his nation.
But Shorey’s, solemnity as she moves through holding T’Challa’s panther helmet, is a strong reminder of the conflicting emotions she and the movie at large have to balance. Wright has mostly been used as comic relief up to this point, and Shorey’s character arc necessitates refocusing that energy on how she processes her pain.
It’s a sharp about-face, but the writes emotional availability and intensity carry the story through that fraught grieving process. It doesn’t take long for the power vacuum left by T’Challa’s death to incite a challenge to Wakanda from the outside world.
There’s immense political pressure for Wakanda to submit to regulations. The country’s leadership fears will endanger the world. That ire is directed at Rwanda, who acts as a steward to the throne.At once heartbroken and hopeful, Bassett delivers a commanding performance and, as King Tchacadid for T’Challa, provides Shuri with a connection to her culture’s past.
But though the United Nations’ ultimatum for Wakanda to relinquish control of its resources sets up Wakanda Forever’sthemes of colonialism, well, this storyline is largely abandoned after the conflict draws Namor and his underwater kingdom of Talicond into the fray.
As that society’s figurehead, Namor is an engaging antagonist, wreaking havoc on the battlefield. But while he’s a force to be reckoned with, Tenochtuittamajia’s performance is at its best in Namor’s intense dialogue scenes with Shori as the two share much in common as important members of their monarchy’s royal families. My mother told stories about a place like this, a protected land with people that never have to live, that never have to change who they were.
Cougler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole infused Talicon’s culture with mesoamerican history, which gives his resolve to protect his people’s home and resources a real richness. But much of our understanding of it comes from narration during a rushed flashback of its origins and some important details feel brushed over.
Of course, an opposing force of a nation of undersea warriors provides Wakanda Foreverample opportunity for maritime mayhem. And gives the MCU a new pallet for action. Wakanda Forever does, however, push its luck too far going into the climactic third-act battle with a poorly conceived and logically baffling tactical choice on the part of the Wakandans befitting. Wakanda Forever’s outsized emphasis on community.
T’Challa’s peers are called on to step into older sibling roles for Shorey, and the supporting cast rise to meet the moment. A Koye is ready to put her career on the line to help Shorey through her grieving process. Winston, Dukes, and Baku is a scene-stealers from the moment he saunters in. T’Challa’s influence is at its most visible in how the Jabari leader’s edges have softened, and T’Challa’s love, Nakia ends up supporting Shorey through the most personal parts of her journey.
And while she enters the story too late to make too much of an impact, she does facilitate some memorable moments in the movie’s latter half. The new additions to Wakanda Forever’s roster represent the tendency of the films to overindulge. In the other ongoing plot lines, the MCU is building out, with Dominique Thorn’s fiery industrious Riri Williams as the best example.
RiRi’s personality is infectious, and her appearance certainly sets an interesting stage for Disney plus’s Iron Heart series. But Wakanda Forever bends over backward and burns valuable time on keeping her involved in the action.
The saving grace there is that Riri gives Shoreysomeone to act as an older sibling as a means of celebrating T’Challa, something that Cougler takes maybe too light a touch in highlighting. It may be the nature of making movies in this universe these days, but there is a significant disconnect between scenes in Wakanda Forever that feel vital in how they develop characters and the ones that just feel more like homework for next time.
Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever had to be a sequel to a cultural juggernaut, a tease of upcoming MCU adventures, and, of course, a loving farewell. There are stretches where the struggle to balance those mandates scatters the focus of the story, but nuanced and committed performances from the returning cast keep it grounded when it counts.
Tenocuetemajia’s Namor is a strong foil to Shorey, and his nation of telecon gets thoughtful if rushed, history to compliment the film’s themes of colonialism. Director Cowriter Ryan Coogler’s efforts are at their most powerful when Wakanda Forever is in conversation with the loss of T’Challa of Chadwick Bozeman.
The specifics of Wakanda Forever’s long-winded plot will likely leave a little impact, but that doesn’t stop the new Black Panther 2 from standing tall. This is our first movie review. How do you like it? Kindly comment below. Share this.