Erik at the Movies: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


Erik Larson, Staff Writer

The death of Chadwick Boseman was an insurmountable roadblock that could have completely derailed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but luckily, everyone involved with the production believed that they had to pay tribute to him, and they succeeded.

The film depicts the exploration of grief and is able to build on the themes of colonialism that the first Black Panther tackled. It isn’t afraid to take its time to tell its story, which allows it to be truly impactful and emotional. It even brought me to tears on a few occasions!

Angela Bassett and Tenoch Huerta both give PHENOMENAL performances and steal the show as Queen Ramonda and Namor respectively.

While I cannot definitely say if it was better than its predecessor, it wasn’t trying to be. It succeeds at telling a compelling and touching story on its merits and when it was over, someone in my theater started clapping and everyone broke into a round of applause. I think that says all you need to know about this film. 10/10.

-Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently playing in theaters