Critical Writing and Reviewing! Outdoor Quiz

We discussed the meaning and structure of a critical review. Recall that critical review consists of evaluation of a work with a view to appreciating its creative content and suggesting relevant improvements on it. We discussed film review, taking a quick look at elements of film production.

Use at least four elements of film production to write a review of the classic movie entitled Black Panther.

Submit your review as a response to this post. Deadline is Wednesday, May 29 by 6.30pm.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. Udogu Maryann Ifunaya

    Reviewed by Udogu Maryann Ifunanya (200 Level, Mass Communication)from my view watching the movie. Now, I realize that this movie disappointed some fans due to the lack of a lot of action happening throughout the film, unlike other MCU films, however, I think that what makes a great movie, regardless of genre, isn’t necessarily the action, or how the actors look, but character, and this movie delivers. T’Challa was a great protagonist with relate ability, and likability that stayed consistent with what we saw in Civil War, and built upon it. I liked all of the other characters, including T’Challa’s sister and his ex-girlfriend. Killmonger is the main villain of the film, and deserves credit for his simpathy for others of his race who’ve suffered discrimination from Europeans through history up to the present. They also set up his back history pretty well and make him a legitimately intimidating villain who is able to more than hold his own against T’Challa in a fight. The story is also very well written and includes some commentary against choosing to be an isolated nation, as is made apparently when that choice of Wakanda’s people came back to haunt them when Killmonger arrives there. It also, really puts America’s history of trying to stay isolated via the Monroe Doctrine into perspective, as well as caring more about protecting yourselves as a society as opposed to helping others. The film is also beautiful to watch, and actually makes the most of the few action scenes it has. The actors do excellent in portraying their characters too, and each character arc is fleshed out pretty well in the film. The only issue I have is…I would have LOVED to have seen Kraven The Hunter in the movie! Hope he makes an appearance in the sequel. Overall, I recommend this movie to any Black Panther fan, and any Political movie person as well.

  2. Muokee Chidinma Immaculata

    A Review by Muokee Chidinma (200 level Mass Communication) Black Panther is a very well-crafted movie from Ryan Coogler, and it’s a watershed moment for representation in film. Not only is it culturally significant, but it boasts strong performances, a deep story, great action, and fun characters.

    First off I want to quickly address some of the criticism I’ve seen towards this movie. One thing I see on some comment sections for this movie is that it’s “racist.” Not towards African-Americans, far from it, but towards white people. I’ve seen this one comment that it “misrepresents” white people in this movie. Yeah, all two of them. First off, if you really feel this way, you’re definitely white. Second, ignoring the fact that whites have been responsible for the suffering of blacks for centuries, it’s exactly the kind of thing I would expect from people who are used to seeing blacks, Asians, and essentially any other non-white race being misrepresented in popular media for so long. I’m white and I’m saying all this, so yeah, even I see the problem.

    Now that that’s done, on to the movie. Black Panther picks up one week after Captain America: Civil War, and follows Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as he returns to his home of Wakanda to become King. As he works to bring arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) to justice, he finds his reign and homeland challenged by Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan). T’Challa must work to stop Killmonger in order to stop Wakanda’s Vibranium from being used to take over the world.

    All of the cast members are rounded out really well. Boseman really gets to shine here after his debut in Civil War, and he has a great dynamic with everybody around him. Lupita Nyong’o is great as Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest, and her character represents all the good that Wakanda can do for the rest of the world. Letitia Wright, meanwhile, kills the role of Shuri, T’Challa’s sister. She’s a very witty character, and her relationship with her brother is entertaining to watch. I also enjoy how she’s able to rival Tony Stark in intelligence, and her technology makes for really entertaining sequences. Danai Gurira is another standout character as Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female elite guard. Angela Bassett plays T’Challa’s mother Ramonda, and she’s a very supportive mother to her son despite her husband’s death. Other cast members include Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, T’Challa’s best friend and love interest to Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe and later comic relief, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, a lifelong friend of T’Challa, and Martin Freeman, returning from Civil War as Everett Ross.

    Killmonger is among the best villains in the MCU. He represents disrespected and disenfranchised individuals who haven’t been a part of their country’s history. His plan boils down to wanting to “fix” the world through putting white people through the suffering that blacks were put through for centuries. It’s not hard to see where he comes from after learning his history; he grew up without any real family, and witnessed his people being treated unfairly, all while Wakanda, this wonderful paradise across the world, had been hiding the tools to fix it. I should add here that this sort of ties in to the “racist towards whites” thing I talked about earlier. It should be obvious that Killmonger is wrong to think that all white people are racist; they’re not. But when you see how he grew up and how whites have treated blacks throughout history, it’s no wonder he feels the way he does. We understand his traumatic upbringing, even if it doesn’t justify his actions.

    So the characters and actors are great, but that’s not all. The production design is off the charts here. The costumes are all excellently designed, and nothing ever looks like an afterthought. Apparently the costumes represent different tribes in Africa, and the music is also supposed to be based off of traditional African music and instruments; these really lend the movie a further sense of authenticity.

    Black Panther: a great movie that brings a strong message of unity.

  3. There are no words to describe how much I loved this movie. Turns out the combination of the mastermind Kevin Feige with the talented writer/director Ryan Coogler has resulted in not just yet another widely entertaining addition to the MCU, but probably the best one yet. It has the same amount of depth as some of the franchise’s best (Winter Soldier and Civil War), while the way the action sequences are shot and edited is absolutely sensetional. The cast is perfect and the visuals are simply beautiful – as is the soundtrack. This is a quite marvelous movie

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