Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Ryan Coogler
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Timerun: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and more.
Plot Summary: After his father’s death, T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) returns home to his nation of Wakanda in Africa to take his place as King. From there, T’Challa experiences several difficulties as not only king but as the Black Panther that he must overcome in order to keep his nation safe from the opposing forces at play.
Overall Review: For the entirety of the movie, I found myself deeply entertained with all of the elements at play from the women warriors to the advanced science displayed in the Wakanda nation to even those one-liners that help add a humor appeal to a desperate situation.
Expanding more on the women warriors, it is a nice touch to add considering that throughout the Marvel and even DC movies released there have only been a handful of female fighters. There is of course Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch, but the concept of female warriors was heavily present in the DC movie “Wonder Woman,” so it was nice to see another film display women in these strong fighter roles.
Even the villain in the movie, Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) has a deep, personal backstory that makes some audience members root for him as this is a tale of someone who has gone through a horrible ordeal and is just trying to spread his father’s ideas and aspirations. These ideas and aspirations of course in Killmonger’s mind are a bit extreme, but still viewers can still see what he’s been through and what he is trying to accomplish for his father.
Anyways, I don’t seem to be the only one who thinks this is a great film seeing as how Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a 97% rating and several critic reviews seem to be very positive and supportive of this film.
According to the New York Times: “A jolt of a movie, Black Panther creates wonder with great flair and feeling partly through something Hollywood rarely dreams of anymore: myth.”
Empire: “Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza that packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.”
Washington Post: “Boseman, who strides through “Black Panther” with unforced, charismatic ease, assumes almost Shakespearean levels of doubt as his character is challenged by an unexpected rival.”
With that being said, if you haven’t seen Black Panther yet I recommend that it should be a movie that you make time for in the near future.