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.