Cert: 12A Runtime: 134 mins 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 and Andy Serkis
Guns… so uncivilized!
Marvel Studios are releasing their 18th studio movie! The penultimate film before the Infinity War begins, Black Panther is making history and has been critically acclaimed. What is Black Panther about you ask? T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. Ryan Coogler has created a very interesting world and has established Wakanda in the MCU. It feels like Thor’s first outing but it stands on it’s own two feet. Michael B.Jordan is the stand out for me, it has taken a while for Marvel Studios to establish a great villain and here he is. It’s a shame that the soundtrack isn’t heavily featured in the film but it’s worth a listen. Coogler has given Black Panther a James Bond feel to it, and it works nicely especially in the casino scene.
Few problems with the film one being the main villain, which is a shame since Michael b Jordan playing this role is the best villain they have done by far, the problem here is that he doesn’t get enough screen time as the film focus too much on the political and tribal side of the film. Chadwick Boseman is rather weak of a leading man here, the cast around him provide the lift he needs to carry the film over. It’s very clever with the more well established actors the scenes are filtered through out the film. So Boseman has that support through out. Michael B. Jordan has a lot more energy than any-other actor, without his energy Black Panther would have been in trouble. The films pacing is very stop/start, which makes it a lot more dialogue heavy. This is rather different for an MCU movie. I prefer dialogue heavy films, but for a general audience I can’t see them persevering too much. Black Panther is a fun filled movie but I do feel it’s not perfect. It’s a good trip to the cinema but I won’t be re-watching it anytime soon.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 104 mins Director: Jordan Peele Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones and LilRel Howery
A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
Get Out is the film that got the world talking and a perfect film to convey Donald Trump’s America. It has had rave reviews and Jordan Peele has become cinematic hot property. So what is Get Out about? Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Get Out has a simple premise. Some of the all-time great horror films have dealt with race as a subtext. Both Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of Dead have subliminal racial contexts that take some reading into. Get Out brings race issues into the forefront as the central conflict of the plot. The details of this film are what make it executed so well. Peele said that he wanted to make a movie we would all want to watch twice, and he definitely succeeded with his precise placements of minuscule, but important details. Many times, statements we make, we truly do not believe they are racist, even though we are trying to connect and relate to another human being. This film brings these to the forefront, to be examined by its audience. also, the film challenges the stereotypical role of the African American man in the horror movie and tries to change this context within the bounds of the film.
Get Out works because of Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford, as well as rising stars like Allison Williams and Lakeith Stanfield. Many times, studios are just concerned about how they can make a movie for as small of a budget as possible so they can maximise profit. The studio is not concerned usually how good the movie is, as long as it makes money. these shoe string budgets usually do not have the room for great talent in front of, or behind the camera. Maybe Get Out can prove to studios that this talent is necessary to make the horror film great again. Get Out has put itself among the all-time horror greats while being intellectually engaging, and roaringly funny. This probably the best horror comedy since Cabin in the Woods.