Source: Marvel / Wakanda Forever Finally, it’s time to return to Wakanda, and the critics, for the most part, agree...
Finally, it’s time to return to Wakanda, and the critics, for the most part, agree that Ryan Coogler and the cast delivered the goods with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Just based on the film’s trailers, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would not just be a massive spectacle like most Marvel Studios films but also an emotional ride.
It would be a film that not only tackles what the hell is going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and puts the exclamation point on Phase 4 of the MCU, but it will also serve as a movie that will touch on the poignant question, how do we move on after the tragic passing of its star, Chadwick Boseman?
Thursday, November 8, is the big day for the film, which means it’s time to hear what the critics are saying about Wakanda Forever. Right now, on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is sitting at a very favorable 84% rating with 243 critic reviews. It also has a 94% audience score, the most important metric on the website.
That’s not as high as 2018’s Black Panther, which earned a 96% rating among critics but interestingly had a lower audience score of 79%.
Most critics praise Wakanda Forever for the emotional journey it takes viewers on.
“It will break your heart, but it will also fill your heart with hope again and leave you cheering as the torch is passed to a new generation who surely make their fallen King proud,” Mark Hughes of Forbes wrote in his review.
Other critics praise Wakanda Forever’s director and co-scriptwriter Ryan Coogler for meeting a colossal challenge and delivering a worthy sequel.
“Coogler pours his heart into every sequence of the film. This is not just a swansong for Boseman, but a celebration of life in all its forms,” Alan French for Sunshine State Cineplex wrote.
As for the performances in the film, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, and the new kid on the block, Tenoch Huerta, is getting plenty of love.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ranks among Marvel Studios’ best movies and is an emotional, uplifting tour de force of a blockbuster. Letitia Wright delivers a powerhouse performance, while Angela Bassett’s majestic work will leave you reeling,” Josh WIlding from ComicBook.com wrote.
“Tenoch Huerta and Angela Bassett are the heart and soul of this film,” Josie Melendez from Cinemania World Podcast added.
It’s not all positive, hence the 84% rating. Some critics dare spout bad things about Wakanda Forever.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever seems to have taken the lessons from its predecessor’s success and thrown them right in the trash,” Sonny Bunch of The Bulwark wrote.
We honestly have no idea what the hell he is talking about with that review, but he is entitled to his opinion.
“Regrettably, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever tries to do so many things that it comes across as threadbare and pallid — less a failure of imagination and more of circumstance, time, and narrative constraints,” Angelica Jade Bastién wrote in her review for New York Magazine/Vulture.
But the real question is, what do the fans think? As we noted, the audience score is high, and you would be hard-pressed to find a disappointed MCU stan who saw the film.
You can peep those reactions in the gallery below.
Photo: Marvel / Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the best MCU movie this year and it is not close.— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) November 11, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was 10/10. Outstanding. Won’t say nothing else till Monday. But man. Amazing.— Kevín (@KevOnStage) November 11, 2022
The fact that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever manages to surpass the original, which is already easily one of the best MCU films, with the amount of ease that it does is insane.— croc (@Croc_Block) November 11, 2022
its not really even a superhero film anymore. It’s just so much more than that at this point. pic.twitter.com/yJI4oa0ZLp
I haven’t had this much fun watching a Marvel movie in a long, long time. And y’all know how much I love them. Wakanda Forever just blew every other recent MCU movie out of the water. I cried like six times! It was gorgeous.— Scarlet Whit (@WhitneyPuppy) November 11, 2022
Theres something so poetic about having Shuri go through being consumed by vengeance the same way her brother did in Civil War. Ryan Coogler did that so brilliantly and it made for such a great parallel. I love that arc so much. #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/DxUhJXN8BY— Owen (@OwennZo) November 11, 2022
Just finished watching Black Panther: Wakanda Forever— Ningen Bot (@ningen_bot95) November 9, 2022
Chadwick Boseman will be forever missed. pic.twitter.com/ai6v9cXEcN
Folks always talk about the memorable theater moments in these Marvel movies where people clap and cheer. But there were two bookends of absolute, respectful, beautiful silence during this movie that will always define my memory of seeing this for the first time. #WakandaForever— Richard Newby - Vote Blue and Save Yourselves (@RICHARDLNEWBY) November 11, 2022
Second time seeing #WakandaForever tonight and it’s moved into my top five of MCU films. It’s one of my favorite films that I’ve seen this year. Letitia and Angela are doing Gods Work on this one.— DJ BenHaMeen (@djbenhameen) November 11, 2022
Perhaps biased but this was easily the best film of Marvel Phase 4. A worthy successor to the original. Angela Bassett carries the film emotionally. Namor is a problem. Ryan Coogler deserves an award. #WakandaForever #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/hab3bLvY1I— Jay Lando (@BaronJayLando) November 11, 2022
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