Black Panther Review: A thrilling, Afrofuturist superhero film

Black Panther Review: A thrilling, Afrofuturist superhero film

Black Panther Movie Review: Ryan Coogler’s astounding movie diverges from one tradition while honoring another, in the process becoming a uniquely poignant, political entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The latest big-screen superhero spectacle, Black Panther, from director Ryan Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole, begins with a history lesson. A colourful animated sequence unravels the origins of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, as told by a father to his son. Wakanda, the home of our…

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Black Panther Review: Killmonger’s Anger Is The Sad Truth

Black Panther Review: Killmonger’s Anger Is The Sad Truth

Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger longed to raise a revolution around the globe that would help colored people fight back against their oppressors, and while I don’t agree with his methods, I understand where the anger comes from. I felt that same rage when I was 12 years old on a trip to Africa. In 1996, my family and I went to West Africa to a tiny nation named The Gambia. My parents were determined to…

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Black Panther: Long live the king!

Black Panther: Long live the king!

After the unfortunate death of his father, T’Challa (Boseman) is officially titled Wakanda’s ruler and super-powered protector. Shortly – as well as challenges to his style of rule – the new Black Panther is protecting his secretive, technologically advanced nation from a notorious arms dealer (Serkis) and an ex-soldier with a sketchy past (Jordan). To claim that Ryan Coogler’s features are extending both in scope and scale – increasingly ambitious, audacious and pyrotechnically mesmerizing each…

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Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 3)

Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 3)

We are very close to the final yet most interesting things about Black Panther. So please stick with us! The Portrayal of Africa as Its Own Superpower From the get go, what people were really excited to see was Wakanda. Part of the reason Black Panther is appealing is because here’s this superhero, who is from a country that is more technologically advanced than any other. And that country is in Africa. The vibranium in…

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We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 2)

We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 2)

Let’s continue what we’ve left of in the previous review of Black Panther, shall we? By saying that Killmonger’s black life does not matter, I don’t mean it is not hyperbole. In a macabre scene meant to be touching, Black Panther carries Killmonger to a plateau so that he might see the sun set on Wakanda before dying. With a spear stuck in his chest, he completes his wish to embrace the splendor his father…

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We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 1)

We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 1)

Black Panther, the latest movie into the MCU, has been greeted with the crazily hyped anticipation that its arrival will no doubt Change Things. The movie features the leader of a fictional African country who has enough wealth to make Warren Buffet feel like a financial piker and enough technological capacity to rival advanced alien races. One thing that the film supposedly proclaimed is black empowerment to effectively go against racist narratives. This is a…

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Black Panther Review: The wise build bridges, indeed.

Black Panther Review: The wise build bridges, indeed.

Last week, I blasted the identity-politics-mongering cultural Left for driving a wedge between black Americans and white Americans coming together to participate in the cultural milestone that is “Black Panther” this weekend. I particularly rebuked their fanatical, destructive politicization of the film, and how it will only divide people during a time of unity. Their anti-social worldview became so toxic that The New York Times enlisted a professor to caution white Americans against having their children dress up as “Black Panther”…

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The fun and ambitious Black Panther is one strange Marvel film

The fun and ambitious Black Panther is one strange Marvel film

It’s been a decade and 18 movies, but the MCU has finally produced a superhero flick that seems like it was ripped from the pages of a comic book. Ditching the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s familiar roster of heroes together with many of the basics of the Marvel movie formula, Ryan Coogler has turned Black Panther into a highly personal crowd-pleaser in the vein of his last installment, the Rocky sequel Creed, yet with all the idiosyncrasies and thrills afforded by…

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Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment!

Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment!

Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment! My first experiences witnessing black women in movie are not that great. As a seven-year-old black girl, I’m watching Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. She is a lounge singer on the run, moonlighting as a sister in a convent. She is helping a group of tone-deaf white women become their best selves. I am delighted. Perhaps one day, I can also teach a group of aged white nuns…

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‘Black Panther’ is among the greatest movies of 2018 without any doubt!

‘Black Panther’ is among the greatest movies of 2018 without any doubt!

You have to believe the hype because “Black Panther” is no doubt Marvel’s best movie to date. This exhilarating, beautiful and genuinely moving superhero film is firmly rooted in the point of view of director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, a tremendous example of the radical possibilities to be found in Afrofuturism. Coogler creates a compelling, intriguing world, and threads throughout it a tale full of pathos and real-world gravitas. Although our hero, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman),…

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Black Panther Review: Half James Bond, half The Lion King

Black Panther Review: Half James Bond, half The Lion King

Black Panther Review: Half James Bond, half The Lion King, complete with a blazing dash of Star Wars. Words can’t enough describe how crucial Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is at this stage of the comic book film genre. It’s not just our first solo film focusing entirely on a primarily-black cast populated with strong female characters. It’s not just King T’Challa’s first quest, and our initial good look at the mystical African kingdom of Wakanda. It’s not…

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Black Panther claws out a whole new level for superhero flicks

Black Panther claws out a whole new level for superhero flicks

This is a major and impressive change of focus in the MCU. Black Panther avoids many of the cliché plot devices, archetypes and formulas of standard comic book blockbusters. Calling a moratorium on planet-devastating villains, maverick heroes, romance-free story lines and people of color exclusively viewed as sidekicks, this well crafted stand-alone takes viewers on a voyage of discovery. While it doesn’t arrive at the promised land of cinema excellence pledged by its massive pre-release…

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Black Panther: Rather than Marvelous, The Film is just Meh

Black Panther: Rather than Marvelous, The Film is just Meh

Black Panther – The Marvel movie made by black talent takes itself too seriously. Black Panther arrives with all the critics displaying superhero-sized goodwill for its very existence. It’s a big budget mainstream Marvel movie that not only features a nearly all-black cast, but it also has an African-American writer director (Ryan Coogler) and co-screenwriter (Joe Robert Cole). And the film was captured by Rachel Morrison, tipped to become the first woman ever to win the best director…

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Black Panther – Marvel monster hit might not change the world, but it could undoubtedly change the film industry!

Black Panther  – Marvel monster hit might not change the world, but it could undoubtedly change the film industry!

Black Panther  – Marvel monster hit might not change the world, but it could undoubtedly change the film industry! It’s a shame, in a way, that we have to center on the racial breakthrough that this film represents—even though of course we do. Here, for the first time ever, is a $200-million Marvel hit that’s been entrusted to a black director (Ryan Coogler), two black writers (Coogler and Joe Robert Cole), and a pair of…

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Black Panther Movie: The Picture Proves That Marvel Can Make Films With Conscience Without Wry Humor

Black Panther Movie: The Picture Proves That Marvel Can Make Films With Conscience Without Wry Humor

Black Panther Movie Review: The greatest part of this high-tech nation are the women. Fierce, bold, tech-savvy and decision-makers, the Wakandian women are the closest Marvel has ever come to portraying real-life females and that makes Black Panther a standout in a crowded Universe. In the cinematic race between Marvel and DC Universe, Marvel manages to stay ahead every single time with its wry humour, sassy attitude of the superheroes and crossover cameos that leave…

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