Release year: 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyuong’o Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker
Ratings: Nominated to 7 Oscars: Best Movie, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Costume Design, Production Design, Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing. 5 Saturn Awards: Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Danai Gurira), Best production Design, Best Make-Up.
Just after ascending the throne as heir of Wakanda, Prince T’Challa (Boseman), also known as superhero Black Panther, must fight for his country as old enemies is after Wakanda’s vibranium while new enemies is after the throne.
Coogler’s (Creed, 2015) take on the Marvel cinematic universe turned out to be the most successful both at the box office and when it comes to critical acclaim. There is no doubt that Coogler has managed to create a special universe and even had a bigger challenge than the people behind previous Marvel movies had. Because while the others took place in ‘our’ world, Black panther takes place in the fictional Wakanda. A small African country where African nature and culture is mixed with a heighten technology. A task perfectly fulfilled in this vibrant superhero movie. We already got a taste of Boseman (42, 2013) as the Black Panther in both Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avenger: Infinity War (2018) where we even got to see Wakanda as well, so it was no surprise that he manage to make his character noble and intelligent or that Gurira (The Visitor, 2007), who we also met in Infinity War, is a warrior not to be messed with but a pleasant surprise is the charismatic Letitia Wright (The Commuter, 2018) who charms the movie into a kind of comic relief. The universe created is magnificent and the story gripping with well-written characters, but the climax fails to reach the heights seen in some of the previous movies. All in all, there is several reasons to look forward to both the sequel as well as seeing Boseman’s Black Panther in future Avengers movies.
In response to being asked what it felt like being one of the only few non-black actors on set (and sometimes the only non-black actor on set), Martin Freeman said “You think, ‘Right, this is what black actors feel like all the time?'”.
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