(Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, et al / 12A / 2hrs 14mins)
Overview: T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.
Verdict: A few of the actors could have been good, if they had a better script and direction. Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o where especially bland. Found myself hoping they would be killed off by the end.
Plot was the same as every other heroes quest plot. Except with less (zero) hero development. I've seen Roger Ramjet and Banana Man episodes with more hero development than the entire movie. Not even close to Marvel's lowest standards.
Same for the villain. He was more vanilla than villain. Although he just barely had more character than the Hero.
Fight scenes where dull, poorly motivated, poorly filmed and had little reason or logic. for the 40% where I could see what was going on I was mostly wondering why it was going on and why they weren't trying harder. I've seen better action filmed with a vibrating phone and posted to youtube with the wrong aspect ratio!
CGI was horrible and glaringly obvious so much so they actually had special sound effects to warn you that the CGI was happening. Sound effects also had bad computer generated sound. Like 80's video games had a love child with 80's synth. The Black Panther suit was especially bad, Looked some kind of bulletproof hologram. Which could have been cool if that's what they were going for.
Picture quality was really bad. I watched on a V-Max screen. It was very blurry. Not sure if this was just the cinema or if its the source material. Seemed to be worse in some places than others so likely the cinematography. Fight scenes where shaky and poorly framed, Futuristic city was out of scene, blurry and not very futuristic or believable. Looked like someone over polished a generic USA city and badly photo-shopped into India, not Africa.
Except they still had bad (American) graffiti tags in the background. Was all shiny metal from a distance then grafiti concrete when up close... Overall was very confusing, not sure if futuristic slum was the angle or if was simply edited by a blind person who was so drunk they forgot half the CGI backgrounds.
From a sci-fi point of view the futuristic tech was also really bland, clunky and left me wondering why.
Politically The theme of hating everyone that's not descendant from Africa was simmering away the whole time. Found that pretty off-putting. It's not 1970 anymore. Re-visiting the politics of the Black Panther political party was pretty crass.
Overall it left me with the impression that the marvel no longer wants to produce the content that made them famous, but still want to cash in with out putting the effort in.