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Black Panther

  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 120min
  • 97%
  • 7.4 / 10

Following the wake of King T’Chaka’s death, Prince T’Challa returns home to the secluded African nation of Wakanda to prepare for his coronation as the new King. However, he is challenged by a formidable enemy, who threatens his seat on the throne, as well as the mantle of the Black Panther. It is now up to T’Challa to secure the throne and protect his kingdom.

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Black Panther was a breakout success for Marvel Studios and Disney. Besides driving a strong all-black cast in a big budget Hollywood production and expanding the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film enjoys praises from critics and audiences, most especially Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Erik Killmonger, an otherwise sympathetic villain. In order to achieve the fierce and hateful Black Panther nemesis, Jordan subjected himself to isolation – focusing on his interpretation of Erik’s lonely childhood full of pain and rage.

After production had ended, he had employed the help of a therapist in order to work through escaping the state of mind that he entered in order to play the character. The superhero blockbuster enjoys numerous accolades such as Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globes, two SAG awards, and an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Black Panther movie review

When the character of Black Panther first appeared in Captain America: Civil War, the performance was left wanting. Perhaps it could be left to pass how lightly the spotlight shone on the Wakandan prince during the Civil War. Audiences could throw their money at the feature-length introduction of another Avenger. Marvel is effective in the way that it presents its individual heroes because it is not a faithful panel-for-panel adaptation of a comic book to screen. It takes the essential characteristics of the hero throughout its history in Marvel comics and portrays them as they would possibly exist in the present.

The appeal of comic books is not limited in the fantasy of possessing superhuman abilities but being endowed with the relatable characteristics, goals, and virtues that superheroes represent. Like Captain America/Steve Rogers representing goodness and loyalty. Or Tony Stark/Iron Man as a forward-thinking and innovative individual. Each of the stand-alone Marvel superhero films is unique. Iron Man conformed its set, characters, and cast to the tone of the billionaire-philanthropist-playboy - a mansion in Malibu, fast cars, glitzy evening parties. Black Panther assumed its role of presenting the world and wonders and history of Wakanda – the rule of King T’Chaka, securing the seat on the throne, the myth of the Black Panther, the tribes inside the elusive African Kingdom.

The film followed the template of standalone Marvel films in that it showed the origins of the hero and his/her superpower, involved them in a present conflict against a setting that also reflected the hero’s identity, and they emerged victorious by making a major life-changing decision. It is still a delight to treat yourself by watching this film because Black Panther is not only T’Challa who is Chadwick Boseman. He is every bit of Wakanda – falls, mountains, tribes, rich Vibranium technology, and Shuri.

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Black Panther is the stand-alone comic book film – the eighteenth superhero flick in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – for the titular Marvel superhero Black Panther, who made his first appearance in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. The film is the first Marvel release that features a predominantly all-black cast.

Chadwick Boseman reprises his role as Black Panther/King T’Challa, alongside notable black co-stars Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Letitia Wright (Black Mirror), Winston Duke (Us), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), as well as Martin Freeman (Sherlock) and Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings). Ryan Coogler served as the film’s director, also co-writing the script with Joe Robert Cole. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Black Panther was released on February 16, 2018, with a groundbreaking $1.347 billion in box office sales.