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3.2
1,594 Ratings

Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler
United States, 2018
Action, Sci-Fi, Commercial

Synopsis

T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.

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Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2019 | 3 wins including: Best Costume Design

2019 | 4 nominations including: Best Original Song

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Top Films

BAFTA Awards

2019 | Winner: Special Visual Effects

Writers Guild of America

2019 | Nominee: Adapted Screenplay

Black Panther both enacted success and staged a comic-book drama where, instead of the usual weirdly deracinated clashes and hand-wringing, it actually felt like something was at stake: the survival of an independent black culture, taking the form of Wakanda in the film but resonating widely in terms of representation.
January 02, 2019
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Cartoonish-archetypal performances swirl around Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o, each one more interesting than the two leads are allowed to be. . . . Michael B. Jordan, the tragic villain who emerges as a true threat to Wakanda, hits his conflict hard, hams it up but not Loki-style, and emerges as the first bad guy in movies who is handsome hunk and matinee idol at the same time.
July 16, 2018
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The affecting intimacy of Fruitvale Station emerges in a vision-quest-slash-flashback that so fully humanizes the story’s villain that the surrounding superhero clichés feel stretched to a breaking point. Not a perfect movie — or even the explosion of Marvel formula its biggest champions claim — but impressive all the same.
June 28, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Black Panther

    Certainly the best Marvel outing to date. Dismisses with the clunky Play-Doh machine mise en scène, corporate world building and unbearable smugness for a tight, resonant, self-contained narrative where characters grapple with refreshingly serious burdens. Kendrick Lamar has also curated a more versatile, compelling soundtrack. Michael B. Jordan is miscast (baffled at the praise) but the cast is fantastic otherwise.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Black Panther

    Easily one of Marvel's strongest films—and Coogler's too. The plot zips along with intrigue, the cast has chemistry, the action pops, and the way it leans proudly into an Afrocentric identity is fruitful. It invites you to intellectualize it to a point and no further, but it has arguably Marvel's first interesting villain and a rare showdown where something more meaningful is at stake than merely "saving the world."

  • Anatoli Ulyanov's rating of the film Black Panther

    So the “villain” is a left-wing revolutionary who wants to liberate all Black people on Earth and the “good guys” are some right-wing nationalists with names like King Gorilla? Even “The White man” played by Frodo Baggins is unable to distract me from the odor of a counter-revolutionary Hollywood propaganda.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Black Panther

    An interesting, urgent, more-nuanced-than-you-might-expect debate between preservation (cultural, national, personal) and intervention in the wider world, as festooned, garlanded, and shot through with bells, whistles, body-blows, and a dazzling, dizzying assortment of hyper-machined vibranium what's-its. The argument appears to be won by good old-fashioned liberal humanitarianism--techie, secular, globalist. Huh.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Black Panther

    Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and director Ryan Coogler has delivered a film that lives up to both the awesome responsibility of ruling Wakanda and the acclaim of 2015's "Creed." The first half of "Black Panther" is the slight and colorful Marvel Universe movie you may be expecting, before the story develops into an almost operatic tragedy with one of the most dynamic villains since Heath Ledger's Joker.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Black Panther

    I strongly suspect that its legacy will be the ramifications on the Hollywood machine rather than the content of the film itself - identify politics aside, it's simply more mid-grade escapist Marvel fare. My main gripe with it is the seemingly endless reliance on medium close-up dialogue shots against green screen, which - of all things - reminded me of The Room. Apologies if that ruins your repeat viewings.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Black Panther

    I hoped for an outlier given Marvel Studios' recent attempts at hiring idiosyncratic talent behind the lens. Yet the auteurist fingerprints are diminished by the usual Marvel pitfalls—earnest moments deflated by misguided levity, overzealous cutting on illegible action, and a flat televisual look. Still, there's a joyousness here that comes off the screen, elevated by one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Black Panther

    If you put aside the issues of politics and ethnicity this is an OK superhero movie that lacks real suspense and urgency. Boseman does regal and serious well but never manages to give the hero depth. Jordan's villian is good but also is sadly underdeveloped. The main draw here is the visuals and the actresses who outclass all the male actors. I wish they could have gotten their own movie instead of this.

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