'Black Panther' Review: Wakanda (and Ryan Coogler) Forever

Danny Woods
February 7, 2018

Directed by Creed and Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler, Black Panther picks up with Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa after the events of Captain America: Civil War and his father's untimely death when he returns to his homeland and takes the throne as new king of Wakanda.

Actors Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and Chadwick Boseman attend the Marvel Studios' em Black Panther /em Global Junket Press Conference on January 30, 2018 at Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California.

Enter for your chance to win one complimentary admit-two passes to a special 3D Advance Screening of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER by downloading the Movie Hype App and "following" BLACK PANTHER. That's why Black Panther is such an important film. There's a James Bond feel to the character. T'Challa's mystical visit to his ancestors is gloriously rendered on a twilight plain beneath a pink-hued sky and the glowing eyes of panthers in a tree.

Ever since that debut, the Wakandan drumbeat has only grown louder in anticipation of the first solo film for T'Challa - a character created a long half-century ago by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, amid the heat and height of the civil-rights movement.

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But his mission isn't initially so clear, as he and a band of rogues, led by Andy Serkis' black-market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue, begin causing havoc for T'Challa.

Amid reports about the thwarted "Black Panther" sabotage, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler said such plans did not bother him at all. Okoye (Danai Gurira, deadly good) is the general of the elite guards known as the Dora Milaje.

Once he gets his newly crowned head around the Klaue-Killmonger alliance, T'Challa must quickly assemble the best fighting force he can find to repel and extinguish the threat completely. The extensive ensemble is very much led from the front by Boseman, an intellectually and physically agile performer who simply rocks as Black Panther. In the end though, you just never know about these things.

Black Panther's nation of Wakanda may be fictional, but its style is rooted in real history. "And to put that on a Marvel epic scale of exhibition it really salves wounds in a really deep way". There we meet his bratty but brilliant sister Shuri (Wright), dignified mother Ramonda (Bassett) and lifelong friend W'Kabi (Kaluuya).

"Black Panther" is expected to gross as much as $150 million in its domestic debut, reports Deadline - a commercial result that would reflect the critical reception. Based on the event's description, the goal of the event was to rig "Black Panther's" audience score as revenge for the negative perceptions against the DC Extended Universe due to the low audience score of their films.

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