Or, as I like to call it, Shuri: The Movie, Part One.
Guys, I saw this movie almost a full-ass week ago, last Friday, and I’m just now getting around to writing my review of it because I’ve been waiting for The Giddy to go away so that I had at least a little bit of a chance of writing something that didn’t sound like I was pausing every couple of sentences to wipe drool from my mouth.
(One possible solution to that problem: long-ass sentences.)
I can’t do it. Giddy is all I’ve got. I loved this movie. Loved loved loved loved loved loved loved this movie. Every single fucking second, every character, every scene, every setpiece. Every single character in this movie is amazing, every single actor and actress is gorgeous (I have identified myself as a cishet man for my entire life and fuck it I am making an exception for the Black Panther cast) and goddammit if Shuri doesn’t show up for at least a cameo in every Marvel movie from now on, if for no other reason than to make fun of Tony Stark, I will be gravely disappointed.
I said this on Twitter, I’ve said it in person to half a dozen people, I’m saying it again here: I already knew that Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira and oh holy god Angela fucking Bassett were goddesses and superior actresses and that I was going to love the hell out of them being in this movie. I was wholly and entirely unprepared for Letitia Wright, who is absolutely amazing and steals every single scene she is in. I have a Shuri Funko Pop sitting on my desk right now that I bought at the comic store yesterday and I am eagerly anticipating something with a better mold coming out soon. I want a statue.
(Okay, one tiny flaw: I didn’t realize how much I want a Riri Williams movie until I saw this one, if only because I want Riri and Shuri to have whatever the teen girl equivalent of a Science Bros movie is. Picture the stinger at the end of Avengers 4: We look over the shoulder of a young black woman as she reads an article on her computer about Tony Stark’s heroic death in battle with Thanos. The camera stays behind her as she stands up and opens her closet to reveal a suit of gray armor inside it. Come on. Make this happen.)
I’ve had a few people ask me if this is my new favorite Marvel movie, and I’m not sure. It’s top-tier, absolutely, up there with the first Iron Man and Avengers and Civil War. And even of those three I’d put it above Civil War just because only Iron Man and Avengers got me to this level of long-term giddiness after I saw them. So, how about this: as of now, after one viewing, it’s my favorite Marvel movie that I didn’t literally spend decades waiting to see before it came out. I think that’s probably fair.
Go see it, right now. And then go see it again. It’s wonderful and you’ll love it.