Movie Review: Black Panther

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira

Director: Ryan Coogler

Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)

With a review of 98% on rotten tomatoes, 7.3/10 on IMDb and 4/5 on the Indian Express, is this the greatest ever marvel movie of all time? Many left agape with the extreme action and marvellous plot in the movie.

Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Chadwick Boseman is excellent as T’Challa, the Black Panther, great not just at flaunting the feline grace necessary for this particular superhero, but also at letting us into T’Challa’s self-doubt, his current lack of readiness and the overall to-the-throne-born condescension he has trouble shaking off. Letitia Wright is flat-out fantastic as T’Challa’s sister Shuri, sharp as a switchblade with quips pointy enough to match – she addresses the ‘token white guy’ with the word “Coloniser” – and deserves her own movies.

As does Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, a fiercely proud warrior woman who takes a James Bond style casino encounter and turns it briefly into the Crazy 88 sequence from Kill Bill before Mad Max-ing a car chase so that Black Panther can finally Ben Hur a tyre with his bare hands. You’ll see what I mean. She slays.

Black Panther has both grace and the spirit of Grace Jones. This is not merely a great film but, vitally, a cool one. It is in every way – visually, spiritually, temperamentally, swaggeringly, stylistically, philosophically – cool. You’ll believe a man can be fly.