Black Panther

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018) Marvel superhero; released 29Jan18

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

... what superhero fans want to know is how Black Panther compares with other Marvel movies. Simply put, it not only holds its own, but improves on the formula in several key respects, from a politically engaged villain to an emotionally grounded final showdown. ... In their print form, comic books have led the way in terms of representation and inclusivity, long empowering non-white, non-male characters in their pages. Although previous big-screen examples certainly exist — among them Wesley Snipes’ Blade and Will Smith’s HancockBlack Panther celebrates its hero’s heritage while delivering one of Marvel’s most all-around appealing standalone installments to date. Going forward, Black Panther will join the ranks of the Avengers, further diversifying their ranks. In the meantime, it’s awesome to see Black Power celebrated in such a mainstream fashion. Peter Debruge, Variety.

A meticulously crafted film, Black Panther establishes itself as a kinetic, powerful entry in the superhero genre. Kelli Weston, BFI.

I went to sleep before the end of this, disqualifying myself from saying anything useful about it. I'm just not interested in films based on comix - tho I recognise the socio-cultural importance of this one.

By the way: why has there never (yet) been a Native American (/first people/nation) superhero?


Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 23 July, 2108 | Now: 4 August, 2018