Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Summary : Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje struggle to protect their nation from interference from other world powers after the death of King T’Challa. As the people struggle to move forward, our heroes will have to band together and rely on the help of mercenary Nakia and Everett Ross to usher the kingdom of Wakanda into a new era. But a terrible threat arises from a kingdom hidden in the depths of the oceans: Talokan.

Critical : King T’Challa died suddenly. Funny disappointment in a film from Marvel studios which have the unfortunate tendency to highlight male, white and testosterone-fed heroes. The stake is all the more important as the support of allies like France or the United States is rare, even contrary to the interests of sovereignty of Wakanda. The famous vibranium metal feeds the greed of the great powers of the world who are tempted to weaken the independence of the Wakandans for the benefit of their military protection.

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The second part of Black Panther continues the recipes of the first issue with perhaps additional political substrate. The adventure is of course at the rendezvous but it avoids the clichés of the superhero film and above all skilfully thwarts Manichaeism. Evil does not emanate from a monster personified in the guise of a psychopath, coupled with superpowers. Here, the risk emanates from an underground nation that defends the same interests of independence and sovereignty of Wakanda, under cover of the possession of vibranium. In reality, the kingdom of Talokan based its legitimacy on the recognition of a social and cultural identity undermined, in times past, by the behavior of European settlers. There are therefore between Wakanda and Talokan all the ingredients necessary for the establishment of a lasting alliance. But the thirst for power of a head of state causes war to break out.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever can be scary because of its almost three hours. In reality, the skill of the screenplay leaves no feeling of lengths. Ryan Coogler takes the time to pose the complexity of the political situation in Wakanda. He unfolds the themes of racial and sexual discrimination, not forgetting to scratch his own country. The director certainly does not go there with big clogs. On the contrary, he shows a certain nuance in his remarks, even if, in the end, the denunciation of the colonizing past of the great Western powers remains the common thread of his thought.

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A particular mention must be underlined in the use of costumes and make-up. The black actresses are beautifully highlighted in this story that is as much dialogue as it is eventful. The adventure, the collective battles, the chases refer to all the great films of the genre like Star Wars, IndianaJones, The Lord of the Rings and of course superhero movies. Intelligence and humor are at the rendezvous of this feature film without ever overshadowing the viewer’s need for adventure. Pleasure is evident in a dense, lively story full of subtleties.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Ryan Coogler – review