Black Panther (2018)

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Captain American:Civil War introduced us all to a new hero, Black Panther.  We see that after the death of his father, the new king T’Challa seeks revenge on the ones that caused his fathers death.  Things get complicated and basically, he returns to him homeland of Wakanda after helping restore order amongst the other heroes.

Black Panther sees our hero have to fight to claim the throne throughout the film.  First facing another tribe leader and then having to face his own vengeful cousin.

This film is full of non stop action from start to finish because, it’s smack bang in the middle of Civil War and Infinity War so there’s no time to waste.  It feels as though we’re too far down the line here for an origin story but this film does work on some level.  I think that in order to have Black Panther fighting with our other heroes we needed to see him prove he can live up to them, this film proves that.

The acting is great, such a brilliant cast including up and coming actor Daniel Kaluuya who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in ‘Get Out’.  We’ve also got some old favourites such as Forest Whitaker and Andy Circus in supporting roles. I personally am still warming to Chadwick Boseman, I’ve not seen him in enough to know whether or not I like him just yet.  He’s alright as Black Panther but I think there are better young actors out there, time will tell…

As with all Marvel movies the VFX are flawless, there’s plenty of them in this one due to the advanced technology in the city of Wakanda it’s got more of a sci-fi feel to it then other Marvel movies and the actual sets and landscapes used are stunning, my personal favourite without saying to much is scene when T’Challa is ‘dreaming’.

Overall, it’s a good addition to the Marvel franchise however, it lacks connections to the other films in more ways than one.  If you see this movie as a stand alone film then you’ll enjoy it but as a Marvel fan that was wanting an explanation on a certain story-line you’ll be disappointed like me…

Perfect Popcorn Score – Black Panther gets a seven from me, I wanted something that connects because I think that’s the stage we’re at now and this felt isolated. Also something was never brought up and I think the fans needed it to be addressed. 7/10

Get Out (2017)

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I hadn’t really heard much about this film, I saw the trailer at the cinema when watching another movie and decided to give it a go when it came out in March this year.

Whenever I see a horror movie at the cinema I go in with an open mind because it’s very difficult to do good horror these days (it seems).  ‘Get Out’, was actually a decent film, mainly because it never went off on a tangent and kept to it’s one story-line, a story-line that made sense.  The film does highlight that stereotypical ‘black boyfriend meets white girlfriends parents for first time‘, but it does this in a dark humor kind of sense which is refreshing.  The film isn’t taking it so seriously and I liked that but I’d say it’s more of a thriller/slasher than a creepy horror movie.

So couple, Chris and Rose live in the city and are visiting Rose’s parents this weekend for the first time. Chris is clearly nervous about this but Rose reassures him that her parents aren’t racist at all and will welcome him into their home.  Chris’ friend Rod tries to convince Chris that it’s a bad idea but Chris still decides to go anyway.  So the couple set off but on their way hit a deer, I thought this was a clever scene as you’re not sure if it relates to what’s going on or not…

The couple reach Rose’s parents house and it’s your usual ‘house on the lake’, although they do have two black people as ‘servants’.  There’s a slightly awkward atmosphere as everyone is trying a little too hard to make Chris feel a home and this ends up having the opposite effect. Georgina and Walter are both acting very strange and more like white middle class, Chris (and let’s face it, everyone watching this film) finds this very strange.  Rose’s mother, Missy is a therapist and uses her skills to stop people smoking, she offers to help Chris but he refuses, so she does it anyway.  It’s an interesting scene and it does give you a slightly better idea of what’s actually going on and things start to slowly add up when the party starts.

The acting in this film is spot on really, Daniel Kaluuya is especially good as Chris, his facial expressions are perfect in every scene.  LilRel Howery as Chris’ best friend Rod adds some great humor to this film, in fact this guy is probably my favorite character.  

The effects in this film are very good, the music is also used too add to the mood and make you aware of things you should take notice of.

Overall this is a pretty good watch, it keeps you guessing which is hard to do these days as we have seen almost everything from haunting’s, viruses, curses etc done to death so this is something slightly different.

Perfect Popcorn Score – Get Out gets a seven from me, it’s got a good story, decent acting but I don’t think it could make up it’s mind on what kind of film it was, for me it was just missing something that The Cabin in the Woods wasn’t.   – 7/10.