Black Panther (2018) – Ace Mini-Review

Black Panther
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
Written by: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
U.S.A., 2018

How good is this movie?

A heroic fantasy in a similar mould to the Thor films. There’s little tie in with the other MCU movies; instead, most of the focus is on the internal politics of Wakanda. Despite his strong opening in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa feels under-developed as a character. The special effects are not as good as in other films, and the action sequences are disappointing. The film’s saving grace is the antagonist, who may be the single most interesting villain in the whole MCU. In retrospect, the film would have worked better if it had followed his and T’Challa’s parallel childhoods, giving us more time to get to know both of them.

How ace is this movie?

There’s a very understated romantic arc between T’Challa and his ex-girlfriend. Biological family bonds are much more important to him. His sister and mother support him, and he struggles, first to live up to, then to break away from his father’s legacy. However, T’Challa’s defining loyalty is to his people and his country. This seems to hold for most of the other characters, too, including Okoye and W’Kabi, whose romantic relationship with each other doesn’t stop them from fighting on opposite sides of a civil war.

3 Stars; 3 Aces

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