Black Panther has talented, diverse cast

Jeremy Kaoga, Reporter

“Black Panther,” which was released on Feb, 16, is an amazing film and a great addition to the Marvel universe.

Acclaimed for having an all African American cast, “Black Panther” takes the viwers though the life of T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, who ascends to the throne after the death of his father and struggles to balance his life as the Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda, and his tasks as king.

Boseman’s performance of T’Challa is exemplary. His line execution combined with the emotional struggle of T’Challa that he portrays exemplifies T’Challa’s humanity.

Lupita Nyong’o’s portrayal of Nakia, a Wakandan spy, and Dania Gurira’s portrayal of Okoye, the Wakandan commander, were exceptional. This is evident when they are at South Korea to catch the villainous Klaw. Their line delivery combined with the action sequence illustrates their brilliance in the film. Although both characters have supporting roles, they can sometimes be mistaken to be lead characters. Their acting was vivid and exceptional throughout the film.

Shuri, T’Challa’s sister played Letitia Wright, is a memorable character. Her cheery attitude combined with her attitude towards her brother makes the movie a delight.

The villainous Klaw, played by Andy Serkis, was a villain worth remembering. His crazy personality, as he was being held in the interrogation room in South Korea, makes him stand out as the perfect nemesis to the Black Panther.

Erik Killmonger was exceptionally played by Michael B. Jordan. The hatred and revenge within him were well portrayed. He, however, was a negative to the movie. His character was thrown in halfway though the movie and was not developed properly to really stand out as a villain.

The soundtrack of “Black Panther” is also amazing, with Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars,” bringing the film to a remarkable end.