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Black Panther

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2018
  • Ryan Coogler
  • 128 mins
  • 12

Summary

Action adventure starring Chadwick Boseman, Andy Serkis and Michael B Jordan. Following the death of his father, Prince T'Challa must prove himself worthy of leading the hidden, technologically advanced, African country Wakanda. When his American-raised cousin Erik arrives and challenges the throne, a battle ensues for the heart of the nation - and the right to bear the noble title of "Black Panther".

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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T'Challa / Black PantherChadwick Boseman
Ulysses Klaue / KlawAndy Serkis
Erik KillmongerMichael B Jordan
NakiaLupita Nyong'o
OkoyeDanai Gurira
Everett K RossMartin Freeman
ZuriForest Whitaker
ShuriLetitia Wright
W'KabiDaniel Kaluuya
M'Baku / Man-ApeWinston Duke
RamondaAngela Bassett
N'JobuSterling K Brown
AyoFlorence Kasumba
King T'ChakaJohn Kani
Thirsty gamblerStan Lee
River Tribe elderIsaach de Bankole

Crew

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DirectorRyan Coogler

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2018-02-13
Languages
English | Xhosa | Korean | Swahili
Guidance
Violence
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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