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• So... I decided to take a Wakanda wild side tonight.
Off the top, another score for the Marvel Movie hit parade. I can't rank it as the best of the bunch, but it's good. Not great. Good. As with many such films, there are things I might have wanted done differently. Nevertheless, this is a bold film, an IMPORTANT film, and a worthwhile theater experience. A few have made comparisons to THE LION KING. I will not dignify that silliness here.

- Strong black characters. Strong black FEMALE characters. Next.

- The concepts utilized for Wakanda, African nation with a long-held secret, are brilliantly realized here by director Ryan Coogler and his creative team. Indeed, I believe that co-creator Jack "King" Kirby would have been thrilled, as I'm sure co-creator Stan Lee must be.

As much as I am reluctant to compare the Marvel Comics Cinematic Universe and the DC Comics Cinematic Universe, let alone harp on this specific point, I was again reminded of how much better the secret kingdom of Wakanda has been handled than that of WONDER WOMAN and her Themyscira (Paradise Island). Both cloistered societies are beautiful, and relatively idyllic. Yet, where Wakanda is allowed to be depicted as technologically far advanced, Themyscira is curiously stagnant. Even though I prefer that the two great superhero rival companies pursue separate and distinct styles, it's impractical not to expect or acknowledge which concepts have indeed been cross-pollinated. The Marvel movie universe has shown us aircraft capable of vanishing behind cloaking technology. But in the comics, Wonder Woman flew an invisible plane long before any of that. Of course, such a concept is deemed too corny and unrealistic for the Amazing Amazon these days, since they've made her able to fly like Superman (at least in the comics). And now, up on the big screen, the Black Panther takes what they've made Wonder Woman discard, and Marvel has essentially made it WORK. It's not corny at all because of how they set up their world. There's a lesson for DC/WB in this. Have better faith in your superhero properties, and be less ashamed so that you strip them down instead of reinforcing them.

- This is an amazing cast. While Chadwick Boseman once again shines as King T'Challa/Black Panther, each of his co-stars and supporting players performs with a pride and exhilarated flair that is almost palpable. Sterling K. Brown, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, and Forest Whitaker are wondrous. Andy Serkis is a gleeful villain, even more fun than before. And Martin Freeman is fantastic.
I was greatly impressed by the casting of the actors chosen to play younger versions of key characters. The resemblances are uncannily believable, which is unusual in cinema, and so appreciated. It helped that, at least in one instance, the actor chosen happens to be the true-life son of the actor with whom he shared his character.
As for Letitia Wright... Well... Please see the comment posted below.
And Lupita Nyong'o absolutely lit up the screen. With her regal bearing in certain shots, and her proud prance... Let's just say that the lady has elevated herself into my "Too. Much. Woman." category. Congratulations. I'll need a minute to recover. .....
Talk amongst yourselves...
I'll give you a topic: A Charley Horse has nothing to do with Charley OR horses. Discuss.
- I like that this film has heart, and a feel-good message. They don't shy away from making a social statement, however, they avoid anything too heavy-handed. I appreciate that they eschewed the typical superhero movie finale that has destruction raining from the heavens. That deal is already played out.

And I absolutely LOVE the reasonably happy and healthy dynamic between immediate family in this movie, particularly the sincere affection shared by siblings T'Challa and Shuri (Letitia Wright). I was extremely pleased to see the great John Kani again, whose screen presence is once more so dignified, powerful, and resonant.

- The music is a nice change of pace. I like it, but I think it could have been even more distinctive. The fact that I'm unable to discern or recall a signature motif for the Black Panther may either be by design, or it may indicate a failure on their part or mine.

- I really enjoyed the 007-ish flavor of a certain sequence, as it sparked in my mind such delicious potential for this Black Panther character going forward, whether on screen or in print. Chances are, this was merely a momentary diversion. But darn, if this brother didn't come off slick in that super-spy milieu!

- Some of the beats are too predictable. Of course, this can be attributable to the type and amount of films I have seen and studied. It does seem that, as time goes on, a cinephile may be penalized for paying too close attention, and for having too good a memory. After all, with the paucity of diverse stories to tell, tales are inevitably recycled throughout history. So it is that I recognize an unfortunate resorting to "formula" in this film's third act.

- As much as I liked the villains here, I still think they could have used more "garlic." This could be a glitch in the casting, chiefly with Jordan. But even so, he did a very good job. M'Baku (played by Winston Duke) might also have benefited from a different actor's portrayal, one with a more menacing screen presence than Duke. As it is, I never once feared M'Baku as I should have. On the other hand, Duke did manage some welcome comic relief in the appropriate scenes.

- Yet again, another movie suffers from what I call, O.A.D.E. (Overly-Ambitious Digital Effects). As previewed in an advance clip, the CGI figures in some scenes are far too obvious, performing stunts that are cringe-worthy, lacking sufficient weight and natural movement.
And I would have nixed the rhinos entirely, CGI or otherwise. That was a very dumb idea.

- I felt the pacing was a tad uneven in some parts, with editing choices at times making things feel too rushed, while at other times dragging.

Okay, I reckon that about does it. Any further impressions tend to come by their own schedule as my mind continues to digest the new input. As it stands now, my review is a most favorable one. Kudos to Marvel, to Ryan Coogler, to Kevin Feige, and to the rest of this film's production team! I look forward to BLACK PANTHER 2, and to his next appearance in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.
Thanks so much for reading! Go and see for yourself, because, as always....
Your Mileage May Vary!
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  • Eating: Subway Foot-long Tuna Sub
  • Drinking: Wawtuh, ICE cold

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Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
Current Residence: Monrovia, CA, USA, roughly 117 longitude, 34 latitude, Earth, Sol System, Milky Way
Favourite genre of music: Depends on my mood. Classical, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Film Scores
Favourite photographer: Peter Parker. Jimmy Olsen is a HACK!!
Favourite style of art: All art is digital if you use your fingers
Operating System: Central Nervous
MP3 player of choice: iPod, by Apple
Shell of choice: Mi-shell Pfeiffer
Wallpaper of choice: Those realistic tunnel paintings that always fooled Wile E. Coyote
Skin of choice: African-American. But if I could've picked, I'd have chosen armor
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs, Popeye, Tom & Jerry, George Bush...
Personal Quote: "No! Try not. DO! Or do not. There is no 'try.'"



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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018   Artist
I'd like to know your opinion, since you;re in the biz and you've worked for WB Animation,
what do you think will happen to the live action DC properties after the huge failure of Justice League?
From a business point of view., since they barely recuperated the investment, and all that scandal/gossip around director Zack Snyder.
Nightshade475 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
I have a question for you: What are your thoughts on the possibly impending deal with Fox studios and Disney,and its implications on the MCU?
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Professional Filmographer
I think that it's very exciting for those MCU fans hopeful for a further extension of that universe, opening up the possibility for properties like The X-Men and The Fantastic Four to return to the Marvel fold.  United under the Kevin Feige "regime," many folks believe that better movie adaptations of all those characters could be forthcoming.
For the comics fans, it represents the possibility of the Fantastic Four title returning to publication by Marvel after a lengthy hiatus due to political animus between Marvel and Fox Studios.  My concern is always about high standards of quality.  But I am also appreciative of the unprecedented era in which we have finally gotten to see dreams come true with so many of our superhero favorites translated to live action on the big screen.
Nightshade475 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017
I highly concur with each of those sentiments.  Alterations from the source material and cries of formulaic stories withstanding; Marvel Studious has already accomplished an unprecedented feat in capturing the essence of so many of their characters with amazing casting and an actual devotion to a cohesive story tapestry and who the characters are fundamentally and visually.  Also wanting to present that to those who are not as well versed with them, as well as the and old.  Actors in the MCU who's portrayals have complete encapsulated who their characters are include: RDJ's Stark, Evans' Cap, Hiddleston's Loki, Holland's Spidey, and from what it looks like, Brolin's Thanos. Of course, Bernthal's Punisher and Cox' Daredevil can be counted amongst these spot on performances...but I digress; I think we are in for something special with MCU versions of the X-Men and FF and the entirety of Marvel's catalogue under one roof.  It will also be good to see the embargo against the soon to be former FOX-tages, lifted in the comics and merchandising as well. Thanks for your thoughts.
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, you're amazing! I am so jealous of you.
Isa-Sparks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I just wanted to let you know user bloomvaltor has reuploaded your YOUNG JUSTICE: MR TAWNY image here:…
Just wanted to let you know in case you want to report them. Have a nice day :)
hectorvonjekyllhyde Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
May I ask you something?
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You just did.  ;)
hectorvonjekyllhyde Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
I was hoping if you could some Marvel characters I had in mind
GummyBear30 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
Oh may gahd....
You're art.....
Its so..... Ahh! Its amazing! I love it! Especially your Iron Giant peices! :meow:
Keep it up~!!
marvelminds Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
Hi, do you do commissions or something similar?
love your work!
PJToon75 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is incredibly sensational, as well as your animation work. Fantastic stuff.
Stormystars Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016

I believe this is one of your designs on a grey T-shirt, Hogarth on the Giant's hand.

I love your art and the IG, it's not right to do this without your permission. :(
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Professional Filmographer
No, it isn't right, but there's very little that I can do about it.  The Iron Giant is the property of Warner Bros.  As such, it is their right to grant or deny permission to any party via license to sell art utilizing their properties on product, or simply as an image for profit.  I doubt WB will take notice of this infraction, a likelihood on which the violators are probably counting.
But, thanks all the same!  :)
Stormystars Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016

well, I'll cry about it then :P

yw all the same :)
Nightshade475 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Hey, Rome! I just saw Greg Weisman's tweet (...twitterage? ...tweetness?) regarding the release of Season 2 of Young Justice on Netflix. Suffice it to say, I've been watching episodes back to back since! Today, I watched the episode where Kaldur takes out Artemis, and watched the light drain from my son's eyes as he watched it happen. Only to see the relief wash over him at the end of the episode; fully understanding what had transpired and the scope of their plan...! Thank you all for creating an amazing show! Still watching till there's a season 3...!
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Hey!  Feel free to also follow me on Tumblr!  :)
Bengtzone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
How are you doing?
aethibert Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
GREAT site!
Makosharkman Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
Do you take request? 
Bengtzone Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Still active, bub?
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I reckon so.
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