‘Black Panther’ Review Round-Up: ‘Beautiful’, ‘Relevant’, ‘Game-Changing’

Black PantherThe first full reviews for Black Panther have been released and the response from critics has been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising the movie as Marvel Studios’ greatest film to date.

Set in a technologically advanced African nation with a predominantly black cast, Black Panther promised to offer a cinematic experience unlike any other and early reactions indicated that the Marvel Studios film more than lives up to expectations. Now, full reviews for Black Panther have been released and critics are praising the film as an important step forward for diversity in films with unique visuals, amazing action, outstanding performances, and a standout villain in Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger.

You can check out excerpts from reviews below!

Heroic Hollywood‘s Nate Brail:

Besides the message the film succeeds to send, the stunts and how they portrayed the strong women of the Dora Milaje and Lupita Nyong’o’s character was amazing. All of the stunts in the film supersede a majority of superhero films and the action definitely takes the cake. The film has Ryan Coogler‘s stamp all over it. You can tell it’s his film and it finally feels like Marvel is letting the directors run free in Phase 3. The acting in this film is by far the best in any Marvel Cinematic Universe entry and this film gives us the best-portrayed villain any Marvel or DC film has ever done. I believe Michael B. Jordan has just taken the crown from the late and great Heath Ledger as the best comic book movie villain of all time.

Colliders Haleigh Foutch:

As played by Michael B. Jordan, Coogler’s lucky charm, Erik is instantly likable, dangerously sexy, and capable of extraordinary violence. He hits so hard, he knocks off Loki’s crown as the MCU’s best villain. Erik’s intentions and secrets are fairly obvious before they’re revealed in full, but that doesn’t lessen their impact. It’s all too easy to have empathy for him, for the pain and suffering that led him down the wrong road, for the primal scream of injustice he represents. That conflict makes the journey infinitely more engaging and emotional, for T’Challa and the audience. Most good villains believe they’re the hero of the story, and were his tactics less nefarious, Erik could be. His methods are unforgivable, but his message has weight — he delivers a line in the third act that is shattering — and it makes him the perfect antagonist to grind against T’Challa’s beliefs and sharpen him into a better king.

The Wrap‘s Alonso Duralde:

One of the most dramatic — and relevant — storylines the film explores is whether or not advanced societies owe it to the global community to share their discoveries rather than keep their bounty to themselves. (Or as one character asks, putting none too fine a point on it, do we build bridges or erect barriers?)

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich:

As such, it was always going to be a landmark moment for representation, but writer-director Ryan Coogler doesn’t leave it at that. “Black Panther” might be the most visually striking chapter of this series, but its success isn’t just a matter of optics; its use of color is never simply cosmetic. An unabashed and mega-budgeted work of Afro-futurism, this multiplex entertainment leverages an imagined reality to broadly reflect upon the actual reality of the black experience(s). In making a movie that so lucidly allows one group of people to see themselves on screen, Coogler has created the first Marvel movie in which anyone can see themselves on screen. That’s an accomplishment all viewers can appreciate — one that gives new depth to the overarching themes of the MCU, finally grounding this franchise with the kind of stakes that it needs to support its cosmic scale.

IGN‘s Jim Vejvoda:

In terms of art and production design and costuming, Black Panther is both a visual feast and a cultural celebration that will, hopefully, be remembered come nex awards season. The one aspect of the film’s aesthetic that isn’t as consistently excellent are its visual effects. The Wakandan tech is fun and cool, but the actual shots of Panther and Killmonger in action are sometimes way too cartoony, and the transition from tactile figures to their digital doubles can be jarring. It’s an issue I’ve also had in the past with Spider-Man, and it’s one I’d love to see smoothed out in future films – hopefully before the MCU becomes increasingly fantastical with Avengers: Infinity War later this year.

Variety‘s Peter Debruge:

Rather than simply concocting another generic plan to save the world from annihilation, Coogler revives the age-old debate between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X — between passive resistance and the call for militant black activism. Think of it as “Black Panther vs. the Black Panthers,” except you can’t have a nonviolent action hero, which puts T’Challa in a strange position. It’s not quite clear what he stands for, whereas his independent-minded ex-girlfriend Nakia (Nyong’o’s character) has ambitious ideas about how Wakanda could help the world — which means it’s up to her to spark his engagement with the outside world.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy:

Much intense drama and action follow; there’s a real and sustained sense of jeopardy for the kingdom and the fighting significantly involves the female warriors, who are very cool indeed. Just as he staged the boxing in Creed with intensity and invention, Jordan handles the more extensive face-off stuff here with freshness and brio, building to a tensely stirring climax. For such an action-packed modern film, it’s surprising how little blood figures into this combat epic.

Polygon‘s Joelle Monique:

There’s so much to enjoy about Black Panther that it is hard to know where to stop. In addition to Kendrick Lamar’s incredible soundtrack, the score, by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson, is phenomenal. He uses drums to create a driving heartbeat that steadily builds over the course of the film, and my heart was racing in time with the music. This works best during the fight scenes. Building energy right into the next scene helps avoid the lulls that have become commonplace in Marvel films.

Empire‘s Jimi Famurewa:

By the time the climactic battle has broken out – set a world away from the customary razed metropolis of modern comic-book films – you’re too busy marvelling at its bottomless invention, its big-hearted verve, to truly consider the game-changing revolution playing out in front of you. Long live the king.

Are you excited to see Black Panther for yourself? Share your thoughts below!

“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.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke,  Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan.

Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018.

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10 Most Anticipated Events Of 2018 In Comic Book EntertainmentIt seems that with each passing year, the Heroic Age of Hollywood continues to prosper through numerous mediums. Of course, comic book movies continue to dominate at the box office and 2018 will certainly be no different, but the colorful heroes and villains found in the panels of our favorite comic books and graphic novels have also fared pretty well in the television and video game mediums.

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Sebastian Peris

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