Sunday, February 18, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: BLACK PANTHER
After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
Release Date: Feb 16, 2018
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture
Runtime: 2h 14 min
Black Panther is a bit of a watershed moment for Marvel films for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the cast and director are primarily people of color and it carries over on screen. The film has a decidedly strong theme of African Heritage running throughout all within the trapping of a superhero story. Ryan Coogler does an impressive job of giving his film a visual distinctiveness that’s missing from most of Marvel entries. As such, Black Panther has a strong identity and it uses it to its advantage by telling an emotionally engaging and thoughtful story. Chadwich Boseman leads the film with an easy charisma that’s hard to resist. Boseman has an effortless way about himself all the while maintaining a sense of nobility in T’Challa. The supporting cast is probably one of the best assembled for any of the Marvel movies. Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Martin Freeman all leave lasting impressions on the film. Their characters aren’t simply throwaway supporting players but instead feel like well rounded characters equal to the lead. Michael B. Jordan makes for a fine villain. He’s a strong counterpart to Boseman’s T’Challa in every manner of speaking. The character’s motivations actually make sense and pose some interesting questions. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t spend nearly the amount of time it should fleshing him out which could have made him iconic. It’s a minor issue compared to the whole. Black Panther, much like last year’s Wonder Woman, elevates the super hero genre and forces future entries to raise their game.