Title: Black Panther
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
Runtime: 2 hrs 14 mins
What It Is: Following the death of his father T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War T’Challa (Boseman) is now crowned the unanimous King of the nation of Wakanda. Erik Killmonger (Jordan) is a young man with a mission and a birthright. With the help of Ulysses Claue (Andy Serkis), Erik will get close to completing his birthright. Meanwhile, T’Challa is trying to find Claue in connection with selling stolen vibranium from Wakanda. He’ll take him dead or alive.
What We Think: This is a film that does exactly what it’s meant to do. It gets the audience juiced up, it sends a message to Hollywood that inclusion can be a beautiful thing. One thing I want to make sure to get out of the way this cast being black makes sense and the actors in the film are excellent at acting in this film. Boseman feels like a king and Jordan is perhaps Marvel’s best villain not named Loki. There’s some good stuff here specifically Coogler’s direction which is, as it was in both Creed and Fruitvale Station. This guy is 3 for 3. Let’s see what he does next! Also, the score is top notch and the hints of hip-hop scattered in fit this film more then they would any other Marvel film.
Our Grade: A-, This is very good, better then the typical Marvel formula we’re used to. Having a villain who’s perspective is more than just mirroring the opinions of the hero, who raises the stakes and is a serious threat the hero. I recommend you check this one out FOR SURE. I mean pretty much everyone else has already seen it, so if you haven’t do it! Wakanda forever!