Black Panther #Review

B L A C K   P A N T H E R 

Starring : Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis

Director : Ryan Cooglar

Certificate : 12A

Running Time : 132 Minutes (watch the credits, there is a mid-credit scene and an end scene)

Blurb : (from IMDB)

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

My Rating : 5/5 (it’s Marvel and Disney)

My Review : 

Black Panther was my first cinema outing for 2018. I am so happy I got to see this movie. I may have mentioned this once or twice before but I do love a good Super Hero Movie and this was a very good Super Hero Movie.  (Now I am just going to gush about it, so don’t expect an expertly detailed analysis of the movie.)

Black Panther is the bridge between Captain America : Civil War and Avengers : Infinity War (Part 1) which hits the cinema in April 2018. Following his father’s death in Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is heading back to Wakanda for his coronation. Now the path of leadership is not the one of least resistance, even if you have got the power of the Black Panther. It is not long before T’Challa has to face a number of threats, not only to his position but to his countries most valuable resource.

Wakanda is the beautifully picturesque and fictional setting for the majority of the movie. It is a visual feast of bustling streets bursting with colour, shimmering towers of epic proportions and sprawling African grasslands. Hidden in the heart of East Africa, the Wakadan’s are a civilisation determined to keep their most valuable resource safe from the outside world, Vibranium. Vibranium is a metal substance with extra-terrestrial origins. The Wakandan’s have mined it for centuries and have learned how to harness its properties and use it in advance technology. It is also the substance that is used to make up Black Panther’s suit and also can be found in Captain America’s shield.

Besides the stunning scenery, the performances were flawless, with the exception of Martin Freeman’s American accent, which grated on me. Martin Freeman reprised his role as Everett K Ross, American Agent. Admittedly, I did not find him as annoying in this movie as I did Civil War.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) Credit: Matt Kennedy/©Marvel Studios 2018

While I love Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of Black Panther, his limelight was stolen by the amount of strong females in this movie. One of my favourites being Okoye (Danai Gurira), a warrior woman, whose no nonsense manner, apt one liners and brilliantly choreographed fighting scenes stole the show. T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri was excellently portrayed by young British actress Letitia Wright. I really hope she appears in a significant role in the Marvel Movies the future. Lupita Nyonga also slipped into the role of Wakandan Spy, Nakia, with ease.

This is probably one of the most impressive Marvel movies so far. Its one flaw is that it is very much the same movie as all the others, just set in another continent and with a different set of actors, however, what did you really expect?

If you are a fan of the Marvel Universe and enjoy being entertained for a couple of hours, then you will love this movie. Black Panther has certainly heightened the excitement  for Avengers : Infinity War.

This post was first published on Luluby-Place on the 26 February 2018.