Black Panther *
T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
As Marvel movies go, this one yearns to be taken seriously, with its scrutinizing, though compromised, inspection on modern political problems and its stunning design work. But the hosannas the film has received in certain circles is embarrassing, much of it a reaction to said representational issues that have more to do with the lack of diversity in modern-day big-budget cinema, rather than the film’s accomplishments with plot, character, performance or aesthetic. The problems that plague all these cookie-cutter superhero movies remain here, with no real conceptual originality (borrowing narrative trajectories from Star Wars and James Bond), inelegantly edited action set-pieces, dim humour and, in regards to life and death, zero stakes. It’s disconcerting what people will settle for nowadays.
d – Ryan Coogler
w – Joe Robert Cole, Ryan Coogler
ph – Rachel Morrison
pd – Hannah Beachler
m – Ludwig Göransson
ed – Michael P. Shawver, Claudia Castello
cos – Ruth E. Carter
p – Kevin Feige
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Ashton Tyler, Seth Carr, Denzel Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Atandwa Kani, Sterling K. Brown