'Black Panther' review: Chadwick Boseman a brilliant hero for our times


'Black Panther' review: Chadwick Boseman a brilliant hero for our times

Inspired by the comic-book character first introduced in 1966, Black Panther continues the adventures of Wakanda King T'Challa (first introduced onscreen in Captain America: Civil War) as he battles a conspiracy to destroy his homeland and attempts to stop a world war. Truly, truly stunning. Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther oozes a cool and charisma that any James Bond would be jealous of, all while teasing a vulnerability and empathy that makes him more appealing.

This image released by Disney shows Michael B. Jordan, left, and Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther".

Personally? Man, just doing more stuff around the world and using her intelligence.

Handled with a similar bombastic flair is T'Challa's violent coronation, where he must defeat mountain tribe leader M'Baku (Winston Duke) in single combat - a biff-fest that recalls Coogler's previous movie, Rocky sequel Creed.

Because it is about T'Challa, Black Panther is inherently a story about kings and kingdoms, which means it is also a story about fathers, bloodlines and generational strife. If you ask the film's star Chadwick Boseman, he's just focused on the here and now.

An infamous arms dealer, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), has somehow got his grubby hands on some vibranium, and has every intention to sell it to the highest bidder on the black market.

What critics are often noting, too, is the degree to which this film is a beacon for superhero films that could strive to be more than emotionally and socially hollow enterprises, as well as for a Hollywood that should see much to embrace here, from casting to rich character work. Marvel has made a habit of taking us to spectacular new realms in their recent films, and Black Panther proudly carries that torch. Nearly two years later, we are finally getting a Black Panther movie - and it sounds pretty promising.

Along with Okoye (Gurira) the head of Wakanda's elite, all-female fighting force the Dora Milaje, he picks up the luminous Nakia (Nyong'o) his ex-girlfriend on the way back to his homeland.

Do you think that Coogler and Boseman will re-team for the next chapter of the Black Panther saga?

It's this theft that leads T'Challa to Busan to intercept Klaue, as the latter meets with Central Intelligence Agency official Everett K Ross (Martin Freeman) to trade his bounty. Get Out Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya has some good moments as W'Kabi, who runs security on the borders of Wakanda, and Forest Whitaker lends a kind of spiritual guidance to it all as Zuri.

In the Marvel Comics Universe, Shuri eventually becomes Black Panther herself.

But it is gloriously original, relentlessly entertaining, leaves you instantly wanting to see more of Wakanda and its inhabitants, and is, most importantly, going to genuinely inspire a whole generation.



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