“Black Panther: Long Live Wakanda”: ​​the worthy successor to the first

“Black Panther: Long Live Wakanda”: The Worthy Successor To The First


Even without Chadwick Boseman, this all-new Black Panther is as satisfying as the last.&nbsp ;

In the Marvel universe, the Black Panther are a kind of UFO. Which director and co-screenwriter can boast, in the middle of superhero stunts, of delivering a committed message on the place of black people, and this time on that of black women? No one except Ryan Coogler. The filmmaker of Fruitvale Station and CreedDon't miss a beat, making Queen Ramonda, brilliantly played by Angela Bassett, the anchor of this feature film.

At 161 minutes, Black Panther: Long Live Wakanda< /em>– dedicated to the interpreter of the defender of Wakanda who died of cancer in 2020 – also takes the time to pay several poignant tributes to Chadwick Boseman. The emotion is there, on edge (of image, one should say), in the funeral scenes, in the reminders of the costume, in the pain of Shuri (Letitia Wright), in the stoicism of Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and in the determination of Ramonda, all superbly dressed with the soundtrack by Ludwig Göransson.

The loss of a loved one, mourning and revenge are explored with a restraint and a seriousness usually absent from UCM, this logorrhea of ​​Marvel Studios productions. Namor (Tenoch Huerta), King of Talokan, isn't just the villain on duty, his motives are deftly explored, preserving his humanity and giving 'Long Live Wakanda' a palette of dramatic undertones that justify the majority of the scenes. of action.

Because Ryan Coogler does not ignore stunts and special effects with (sometimes too) frenetic editing. Since the kingdom of Wakanda is threatened, everyone comes to its rescue, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and Dominique Thorne (she plays a young MIT student, inventor of an armor that Tony Stark would not deny) enjoying many moments at very high adrenaline rush that reminds us that we are indeed in a Marvel.

Under the leadership of Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Long Live Wakanda has all the ingredients of an epic historical – we appreciate the spades thrown at Everett K. Ross by Martin Freeman, one of the rare white characters in the feature film – resolutely contemporary, reflecting the aspirations and needs of the communities that make up the cultural mosaic that is the United States. But the Marvel studios never allow, neither the spectators, nor even the artisans of the film, to forget the fantastic universe from which the stakes come, thus sometimes creating some screenplay imbalances that cannot be ignored.


  • Rating: 4 out of 5