Article by Sally Jang

Black Panther, the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, is an action / adventure / sci-fi movie that was released on Valentine’s Day in the Philippines. The first of three highly anticipated Marvel offerings this year, Black Panther focuses on T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, an isolated, yet technologically advanced African nation. He is also the film’s titular hero, Black Panther. It features the comeback of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, last seen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

After the death of his father, T’Challa takes the throne and must defend his nation and its people from enemy forces. Featuring an all-star cast, Boseman is joined by Michael B. Jordan as antagonist Erik Killmonger and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, among many others. Since its opening day, Black Panther has garnered not only box office sales, but also critical acclaim, especially for its themes and cultural representation.

Many ISM high school students, like junior Jia G., had high expectations for this movie, as all the promotional materials released looked top-notch. Junior Minnie S. really liked the interesting plot, and said that she was captivated by the outstanding CG (computer graphics) effects throughout the whole movie. She also mentioned that the movie had a thought provoking plot. Gabby F, another junior, talked about being a Marvel fan since she was a child, and how Black Panther greatly exceeded the standards that are usually expected of Marvel movies, especially in terms of the cinematography.

There were, however, some negative reviews of the movie from ISM student community members as well. Junior Jasmine Z. mentioned that although she liked the casting, the movie itself seemed very similar to all the other Marvel movies, leaving her a little disappointed. In addition, junior Kirtana D. stated that the plot was predictable, so there was not much thrill when she saw the film. She felt that the movie had been over-hyped, and was hoping for a more refreshing plot from the production team.

Although students in the ISM community seems to have varying opinions about the movie, students should take the time to watch it, since it is of the most expected movies in 2018!

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