Black Panther

Black Panther

Ryan Coogler (2018)

128min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Helping chip away at the notion of superhero movies as the preserve of white males is acclaimed writer/director Ryan Coogler (Creed). Set one week after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the 18th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe operates almost entirely as a standalone feature. Taking place in the fictional land of Wakanda, a secretive African nation hiding from the world, it sees Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa return home to be crowned king. Although his eyes glisten with integrity, he suffers crises of conscience and challenges to his leadership. T'Challa's chief adversary is Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, an angry, fatherless man, embodied with punky swagger and visible self-loathing by an electrifying Michael B Jordan. Boseman makes a singularly majestic hero, yet Danai Gurira steals the show as his ferocious right-hand woman. By the time the armoured rhinos are unleashed in the climactic battle, things have descended into overstuffed spectacle. But the movie mostly delivers on the action front, routinely placing its female characters on the front line. Passionately performed and lavish in its love for African culture, Black Panther is a franchise film with a distinct individual identity.

Summary

T'Challa, the new ruler of a hidden African nation, faces a challenge for his throne in the form of his cousin, Erik 'Killmonger' Stevens. Assisted by his tribe's forces and CIA agent Everett K Ross, T'Challa is soon locked in a life-or-death struggle for the future of the world. Marvel's comic-book adventure, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Martin Freeman.

Cast & Crew

T'Challa / Black Panther Chadwick Boseman
Ulysses Klaue / Klaw Andy Serkis
Erik Killmonger Michael B Jordan
Nakia Lupita Nyong'o
Okoye Danai Gurira
Everett K Ross Martin Freeman
Zuri Forest Whitaker
Shuri Letitia Wright
W'Kabi Daniel Kaluuya
M'Baku / Man-Ape Winston Duke
Ramonda Angela Bassett
N'Jobu Sterling K Brown
Ayo Florence Kasumba
King T'Chaka John Kani
Thirsty gambler Stan Lee
River Tribe elder Isaach de Bankole
Director Ryan Coogler
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Other Information

Language: English / XhosaColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Feb 2018
Drama