Friday, November 11, 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Review

 


On August 28, 2020, I remember exactly where I was.  I was sitting on my coach with my entire family watching tv when a text game through from Brothascomics contributor, the Sandman.  It was an RIP Chadwick text.  And seeing it made my heart skip a beat and I replied back, what?  And then Sandman sent the link that Chadwick Boseman had died and I could not believe it.  This young, talented actor who seemed to have the world at his feet was gone.  Taken from us, his family, and this world far too soon. At no point in time that day did I think, "what's going to happen with Black Panther 2".  I was just devastated that this man was gone and attempting to process his death in the moment.


As the days, weeks, and months passed, Marvel made their annoucement that they were not going to recast T'Challa, setting off praise and criticism from those in favor and for those against this news.  All the while, it seemed like the silence coming from the director said it all.  If he did not want to make this movie with a new actor and Marvel/Disney supported that, why are we not trusting the director who was not only a creative force behind the movie, but also a friend to the fallen actor.



Movies and tv shows have had to deal with people dying unexpectedly often during filming but I would argue that none of them held the cultural and emotional weight that Boseman had by being T'Challa and being our Black Panther.  The idea of just casting another person in that role, so soon after his death seemed odd to me.  This is not Rhodey being replaced or a new Lionel on The Jeffersons.  This was an actor who was so tied to and beloved in this role- no actor at that time was going to be able to fill his shoes.  This #recastt'challa movement was bore out of grief and frustration by the lack of Black heroes and I understand that.  However, it seemed very clear that Coogler and the cast of Black Panther wanted to use this film to honor their friend and share their grief through the art Boseman so clearly loved.



And Black Panther 2 is a love story in grief as the cast, the characters, and we, the viewer get to ride the emotions of Life after T'Challa and Chadwick Boseman.  This review will be spoiler free for the most part- with the exception of the death of T'Challa.  If you do not want to hear this part, please skip ahead

The movie opens cold on a black screen with only a Shuri voice over.  Black Panther dies off screen. He has contracted a mysterious illness, much like how we did not know Chadwick was sick, and he dies.  The nation of Wakanda mourns its lost King and the auidence does too.  The plot of the movie centers around the nations across the world still wanting to get access to vibranum to use it for nefarious purposes and the Wakandan's stopping them.  This leads to our introduction of Riri Williams, AKA Iron Heart to the MCU, played excellently  by Dominique Thorne.

But what happens when vibranium is found outside of Wakanda?  The search for that vibranium leads us to the introduction of Namor and his underwater kingdom, Talokan, and a slight comic book history turn that vibranium can be found in the waters of the world.  But Namor is hell bent on making sure those people do not look to destroy his oceans or his kingdom in their search for it.

This leads to conflict with the Wakandan's and an all out war between the two nations.  The fighting sequences are fine enough with the Dora Milaje; although seeing blue people after watching the trailer for Avatar and more blue people was kinda weird.  Namor is great.  He plays a villian with a purpose and he faciliates between charming and terrifying- with you never knowing which version will show up at what time.

The movie cluminates with a battle between the two nations and between Namor and Black Panther.  If you have seen the trailers or read a comic book,  it should be pretty obvious who assumes the mantle of Black Panther.

Overall the movie is well done.  The movie is extra long tho and there are times when you will check your watch or want to run and go pee, but overall the movie is as about a good a movie as you could make given the cicurmstances.  Well acted, better CGI than the first movie, lots of tears, and both a hero and villian you can root for.  There is only one post credit scene and I feel people will either love it or loathe it.

Highly recommended.  I will be interested to see what other fan boys think.  I can kinda feel the mysigony building around certain reviews and that will be disappointing but not surprsing.

Check it out and let me know what you thought!





 

Trailers Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

 




My Black Panther review will be upcoming... but  here are the trailers that rolled before the movie


MEGAN

If you know me, I do not mess with horror movies... at all.  Add in a creepy ass doll that looks human.

The hardest of all passes but I will def read the reviews from the horror folks who like this stuff



John Wick 4

I have actually never seen any of these John Wick movies.  I am not a huge fan of violence or Keanu to be honest.  But this franchise, much like the Fast and the Furious, just keeps chuging out movies and has such an established fan base, I can imagine these will be around as long as Keanu draws breath( much to the chagrin of Matthew Perry)




Mario

People hate Chris Pratt so much that they were upset that he is the voice of Mario more than the fact that they made a Mario movie.  Look, I have played my fair share of Mario games but we do not need a Mario movie no matter who is the damn voice.  Like we cannot be that hard up for entertainment at this point.  Hard pass




Shazam 2

My daughter and I went together to see the first Shazam and I thought... man, this movie would've been great for my son who would have been around 14 at the time.  And the reason I say that is because it clearly was appealing to young fans who often get closed out of super hero movies nowadays. Shazam 2 looks to still follow that path but I hope it has a bit more maturity to it.  We love Zack Levy in this house so I will def give this another shot; although the villians look super shaky in this one





Ant Man and Wasp: Quantumania

I am looking forward to this.  Its probably mostly for Kang as he has been clearly set up for big things moving forward with movies.  Underrated, but the Ant-Man triology is one of the best MCU/Comic Book movie trilogies( if this one is good).  Can't wait until Feb 2023







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Saturday, October 8, 2022

She Hulk Recap


 

The Marvel Hacks: Thunderbolts recap


 

Red Hood Cosplay @dragoncon2022




 

Iron Man cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Scarlet Witch Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Doug Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Star Trek Cosplay


 

Count Dooku Cosplay


 

Interview With Dietrich Smith


 

Storm Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Psylocke and SpiderGwen Cosplay


 

Moprheus Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Arthur Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Scarlett Witch @dragoncon2022


 

House of the Dragon recap: episodes 3 and 4


 

Mark Bagley Interview @dragoncon2022


 

Rogue Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Punk Rock Storm Cosplay @dragoncon 2022




 

Olaf Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Sheriff Bart Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

Chuck Brown Interview @Dragoncon 2022

 


My interview with Chuck Brown where talk Bitter Root and the process of taking it from comic book to the big screen




Dragoncon Hotel Patter explanation


 

Wolverine/Laura/X-23 Cosplay @dragoncon2022


 

What We missed in Wrestling: SummerSlam 1989

 


We look at SummerSlam 1989.  Hulk Hogan is awful and we get Zeus from the movie into the ring... which no one asked for




What We Missed in Wrestling: Halloween Havoc 1989 Part 1

 


We recap Halloween Havoc from 1989.  This is part 1 of 2




What We Missed in Wrestling: Halloween Havoc 1989- Part 2

 


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House of the Dragons Epsiode 5 recap

 


We continue our recap of House of the Dragon's with episode 5




House of the Dragons Recap episode 6


 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Marvel Princesses at DragonCon 2022

 


These ladies rocked the Marvel Princesses at DragonCon 2022




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Logan/Wolverine Cosplay

 This man is killing this Wolverine/Logan Cosplay @dragoncon2022

And in the process making all us other old men look bad



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Sam Wilson: Captain America Cosplay @dragoncon 2022

 


Sam Wilson Cosplay @dragoncon

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Trailers Before Dr Strange

 




Bringing this back now as the movie theaters are open up again and we've been heading out again. These are the trailers that played before Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness


Trailer 1: Minions: The Rise of Gru

My kids grew up on the OG Despicable Me and the sequel.  As they got older, we been out of that game and didn't see part 3 or the Minion only movie.  Trailer looks cute but I think we have mined the entirety of the Minions for me and my crew.   Probably wont see that one.


Trailer 2: Bullet Train

Cards on the table... I do not like Brad Pitt.  Never have. I don't know why but I just cannot deal with this dude.  All that said, I might actually see this.  Trailer looked pretty awesome and the supporting cast outside of him, I really like.  Probably will see but not in the movie theater


Trailer 3: Lightyear

Ok Tim Allen can go all the way to hell.  But when I heard he was not doing the voice in this, that made me feel a little bit better about this.  I kinda hate prequels and honestly, the Toy Story franchise as a whole is one of my all time favorites.  Looks fun. Pixar and Disney know what they are doing with Toy Story stuff.  Will see, but wait until Disney Plus



Trailer 4: Avatar 2

I did not see the OG Avatar in the movie theater.  I saw it on DVD. In my house.  So I definitely did not get the spectacle of the movie being seen on the big screen.  But when I did finally see it, I have no idea what people were screaming about.  That movie sucks.  Its awful. Its long.  Its a Ferngully rip off.

Will never see.  Ever



Trailer 5: Thor: Love and Thunder

I know some people love Ragnarock and some people hate it.  I kinda fall in the middle.  I liked the comedy a little bit but it was also way over the top as well.  Bring back director Taika Waititi ensures that we are going to get more of it.... plus adding Guardians crew to the movie.  I am wary about it, but we are getting Jane Foster as Thor and I am excited about that.  

Will see, but probably on Disney Plus


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