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It’s a good film, entertaining and well made. The heart of Stan and jack (and Romona jr) beats strong throughout and the performances are strong. I can see why many reviews didn’t separate the film from its cultural significance, as the narrative is perhaps salient for many. It’s visually resplendent with nods to Thor (Kirby) in design, and the score works almost poetically in synergy with the physicality of the scenes. However, much of motion work was under par, reminding me of Blade where they were pioneering digital character motion before Spidey. There are nods to Bond. Panther’s mythos was explained and celebrated in such depth that it made Thor’s MCU shortcomings in this respect all the more apparent.

I wasn’t previously aware of the sci-fi concept called Afro-futurism, but Wakanda does rather stretch suspension of disbelief, with much of the technology more extraterrestrial in its level of accomplishment. As such, the movie does feel very isolated from the rest of the MCU especially at this late stage between Civil War and Infinity. But these are minor quibbles. It played to a packed house in a provincial theatre which bodes well for the movie’s success, but there was a noticeably higher than average house full of idiots, with people laughing at Klaw’s casual murdering. One obese family in front brought their own five course meal with them, and only stopped eating when their 6 year old got very upset. An odd crowd didn’t spoil the movie entirely.

Loved almost everything about the movie. It almost didn't even feel like a superhero movie to me, and I mean this is a very good way. It felt otherworldly, as it should. Even the scenes in the mundane parts of the world felt more like Blade Runner when the Wakandans were around. The women were amazing. I could watch the Dora Milaje all day and not get tired or it. Shuri was awesome. And I liked the overall story.

I think I enjoyed this more than any other Marvel movie to date.

My complaints:

T'Challa's presence wasn't big enough in the movie. There was way too much going on to appreciate him as a character. I enjoyed Michael B Jordan's performance much more, and even M'Baku outshined T'Challa.

Klaw was done pretty poorly, imo. I guess maybe this is what happens when you take the "Fantastic Four" out of him. Not a being of sound anymore, just a lamer with a fancy weapon. Waste of Andy Serkis, imo. Imagining classic Klaw in a Gollum kind of way then getting this will cause disappointment.

All of the villains die. BAH!

City of Heroes is BACK!
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