Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ★½

Never thought there would ever be another movie made with as much slow-motion as Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but nothing surprises me in 2022 anymore.

A bloated, boring, humorless, and narratively nonsensical nearly three-hour exercise in mental endurance. Wanted to die when I (discreetly, I’m not an asshole) checked the time on my phone and there was still over an hour left. This completely and utterly fails to be the reverential and emotional tribute to the late, great Chadwick Boseman it obviously wants to be, falling flat on it’s face everytime it dares to go there, including that laughable ending that only serves to show what was glaringly missing from this.

The best scenes, interestingly but perhaps not surprisingly, are the set-pieces. You’ll remember from Black Panther that Ryan Coogler can stage an action sequence with both gravitas and exhilarating energy (the first fight on the waterfall is so so good). Coogler manages to (mostly, but not entirely) replicate his success in that area here, but he’s seemingly forgotten how to craft basic moments of character interaction and intimacy in between those set-pieces. Disappointing.

To leave this on a positive note, Letitia Wright is absolutely outstanding. The only moments of heavy emotion that actually work in this movie are due to her acting.

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