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Black Panther (2017) Reviewed by Jay

Jay´s Review

It's Super Hero time again. This is the origin story for Black Panther, an action (and CGI) -filled saga that follows T'Challa, the new king of Wakanda, a highly developed (but carefully concealed) country in the heart of Africa, after the death of its beloved old king. This son has set his sights beyond the borders of his kingdom but the challenges for his throne come from everywhere.


Writer/director Ryan Coogler ("Fruitville Station"), joined by the writing talents of Joe Robert Cole ("American Crime Story") brings to life another unique character created by Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. We start with the ancient mythical origin of a tribe, quickly followed by a modern museum heist. We realize Vibranium will be central to the story. This film is rated PG-13.


Some of Coogler's cast:


  • * Chadwick Boseman ("42" and "Marshall") T'Challa/Black Panther is ambitious and driven. He is motivated by what he sees in the outside world. And everyone will want Vibranium.
  • * Letitia Wright ("Black Mirror" and "The Commuter") Shuri is T'Challa's sister. She is a scientist, a loyal Wakandian, and a resourceful fighter.
  • * Lupita Nyong'o ("Queen of Katwe") Nakia must examine her loyalties. We already know what we want her to choose!
  • * Angela Bassett ("9-1-1" and "American Horror Story") Ramonda fears for her son but trusts his dedication to their country.
  • * Michael B. Jordan ("Creed") Erik Killmonger is positive that he should be the true king, so he sets to work. 
  • * Andy Serkis ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") Ulysses is beside himself with glee because he has victory in sight. It's fun to see Mr. Serkis' "real" face, he is such a successful voice actor we rarely see him.
  • * Martin Freeman ("Sherlock") Everett K. Ross is with the CIA. I love it when Shuri wants his attention she shouts out, "Hey Colonialist" and he looks up!
  • * Forest Whitaker ("Empire") Zuri is like a second father to T'Challa. He knows the benefits of isolation and the value of Vibranium.
To say there will be CGI (Computer Generated Imaging) that provides astonishing scenery, huge rhinos and many many battles, is a rash understatement. I would like to add that our star Mr. Boseman must have the world's best agent. He is in high-profile films, does a great job and is easy on the eye. A trifecta for sure.


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Here is the official trailer:
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