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Reel Talk: Black Panther explores African identity

Today on Reel Talk, I am reviewing the highly anticipated Marvel movie "Black Panther," starring Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita N’yongo, Daniel Kaaluya, Angela Bassett and many more. 

"Black Panther" is projected to make over $218 million in its opening weekend. This movie is a story about T’Challa, the Black Panther, and his journey to become king of Wakanda, a fantasy African kingdom. His powers as the Black Panther and the King get tested by an outsider, which puts the fate of himself and Wakanda on the line. 

I feel like the movie is something that everyone will at least enjoy. However, there were two story lines smooshed into one movie. I found myself being a bit confused about the order of things and forgetting important details that happened in the beginning of the movie that tied into the second plot line. 

At first, I was turned off by Michael B. Jordan’s performance as the villain. He didn’t have the typical villain style we are used to seeing. I later began to understand the type of villain he actually is, and I changed my mind about his performance. 

I gave "Black Panther" a 5/5 was because it is definitely worth seeing. The cast, cinematography, visual effects, costuming and overall meaning of the movie make up for the few things that weren’t quite what I expected. "Black Panther" was enjoyable as both a standalone movie and as part of the Marvel universe. 

Check back in next week for another movie review.

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