Just got back from seeing 'Wakanda Forever'. Yesterday, I watched the first 'Black Panther' movie, because it has been a while.
They did really well with paying tribute to Boseman in the opening scenes, the Marvel logo and the very last scene (+ mid-credit scene).
As expected and just like in the first movie, Nyong'o, Bassett and Gurira are such a phenomenal trio. Wright and Huerta were solid. I like that Namor used that
word to describe himself. Kasumba, Thorne and Coel didn't leave much of an expression. Especially Riri felt like a tacked on character and was one of the weaker plot points.
I like that the story was mostly standalone and that the humour was kept at a minimum. The introduction of Talokan felt Eternals-ish (which is a good thing in my book).
It did have many of the same problems as the first movie though:
- The special effects are really bad in many places: those elephants at night, again the waterfalls, the Jabari mountain tribe, the panorama views of Wakanda,... . There was a little scene with Nakia in a bush/jungle, which took me out of the movie. It made me think why they couldn't have filmed it with actual plants.
- It was often too dark. It's not a movie to watch during daytime with sunlight in your room.
- The action scenes were lackluster with a few exceptions, namely Okoye fighting Attuma the first time. I did love the physicality of Namor in many ways. His wings gave him a unique way of moving/flying.
- Wakanda was yet again too futuristic for my taste. There was a little bit more scenery on the streets than in the first movie, but overall the technology, the palace/lab and the planes feel so 'weightless' and alien.
It was still enjoyable and, as a phase 4 movie, I would put it in 3rd spot:
- Wakanda Forever