Ryan Coogler who was appointed as director and co-writer (along with Joe Robert Cole) certainly sounds foreign to ordinary audiences, because Black Panther is his third work (2 previous films he also served as director and co-writer ). But make no mistake, Ryan Coogler as a storyteller has qualified qualities and has proven to be able to make Sylvester Stallone entrust his best work – where he is the 6th scriptwriter for the Rocky series , and 4 of them are also directors – into Ryan Coogler’s hands through the 2015 film Creed .
In the midst of many superhero films filled with white burly men, Black Panther is here as a representation of the black race and its black culture . Wakanda is described as the most developed country and has the most advanced technology in the world thanks to the presence of Vibranium – the main material used for Captain America’s shield – in the country, but the union of modern technology with a thick traditional side can work well. Likewise, the music throughout the film by Ludwig Goransson with African or hip-hop nuances adds to the impression of black culture.. Likewise, the dialogue that was presented had a political overtone of racial and cultural issues that could be related to the current world situation, especially regarding the leader of a country with the initials USA.
While this film is full of political nuances and black culture , but do not forget that this is a superhero film . While Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa is fairly good, he is not a real show stealer . Ulysess Klaue (Andy Serkis) whose brief appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron already looks crazy , this time looks even crazier. But the most interesting antagonist role falls on Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Michael B. Jordan –who also played in 2 previous Ryan Coogler films–provides an extraordinary performance and gets a slick personal character development so that it is not just an evil character who wants to dominate the earth/universe. If previously it was said that Marvel lacked good villain characters , Killmonger could be compared to Loki, Baron Zemo, and Vulture.
In addition to villain characters who don’t just pass by, Black Panther also has one thing that other Marvel films –or even superheroes in general – don’t have: female characters who have important roles. Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) who is not only T’Challa’s love interest , Okoye (Danai Gurira) as the leader of Wakanda’s security forces who is behind the frenzy but also fun, and Shuri (played very nicely by Letitia Wright) T’Challa’s sister who is an expert. technology that every appearance gives a cheerful feel in the midst of the seriousness of the film’s theme.
Unfortunately, as a superhero film , Ryan Coogler is not very good at directing action scenes. In addition to some parts that lack lighting, not a few of the CGI quality looks bad. This poor CGI quality also makes it a bit difficult to follow the action scenes and see who hit whom. In addition, several repetitive scenes and a slightly slowed down in the middle slightly reduce the enjoyment. Nevertheless, Black Panther has a cool scene when the story shifts briefly to South Korea with a scene in a casino and car chases alaJames Bond films. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, previously T’Challa was also given some advanced equipment and reminded James Bond and Q, just lacking the “bring it back in one piece” dialogue.
As a film that represents black culture , Black Panther is successful and can be on par with Wonder Woman who can represent women. The level of seriousness is not what I expected before, in fact I really enjoyed what was served.