The highly anticipated film Wakanda Forever, directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Marvel Studios, has finally hit the big screens. The film is a sequel to the 2018 blockbuster hit Black Panther, and the first Marvel movie to be released after the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular character in the first film.
Wakanda Forever picks up where Black Panther left off, with the African nation of Wakanda still mourning the loss of their king, T’Challa. The film explores the aftermath of his death, as well as the struggle to maintain the secrecy of Wakanda’s advanced technology while dealing with the outside world.
The cast of Wakanda Forever is impressive, with many returning actors from the first film, including Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, and Winston Duke as M’Baku. The film also introduces new characters, played by acclaimed actors such as Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta.
One of the strengths of Wakanda Forever is its representation of Black women. The film features strong, complex female characters who are integral to the plot and not merely there to serve as sidekicks or love interests. This is a refreshing change from the typical Hollywood fare, which often sidelines or objectifies women of color.
However, some viewers may find the film to be “too woke” for their taste. Wakanda Forever is unapologetically political, touching on themes such as systemic racism, colonialism, and cultural appropriation. While these issues are important and relevant, they may be heavy-handed for some viewers, who might prefer a more escapist, action-packed superhero film.
Despite its political themes, Wakanda Forever still manages to deliver plenty of action and spectacle. The film features thrilling fight scenes, stunning special effects, and a compelling plot that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The film also pays homage to Chadwick Boseman’s legacy in a tasteful and emotional way.
Overall, I would give Wakanda Forever three stars out of five. While the film has its flaws, such as a sometimes heavy-handed approach to its political themes, it still manages to deliver an exciting and engaging superhero adventure. It’s a fitting tribute to Chadwick Boseman and a celebration of Black excellence in film.