Marvel Comic Presents-“Black Panther”-Directed By Ryan Coogler
Black Panther is worth cheering for, a clear standout on the Marvel movie roster. It’s only Ryan Coogler’s third feature, but it has the confidence of a far more experienced filmmaker. It’s a case of the right story landing in the right hands.
Chadwick Boseman plays King T’Challa, akathe Black Panther, a monarch and superhero who hails from the fictional country Wakanda, an African tech utopia that has never been conquered and is uniquely rich.
Watching T’Challa’s female warriors/bodyguards fight together — the general Okoye (Danai Gurira), spy Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and T’Challa’s tech-savvy younger sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) — I couldn’t help but think how the three would justify a Charlie’s Angels reboot. Black Panther goes full Fast and Furious in a car chase on the streets of the practically undrivable Busan, South Korea.
The actresses — like Michael B. Jordan, who plays the villain — overwhelms Boseman’s. That’s partly in character, as T’Challa is a king who thinks of and serves his people, the kind of monarch who puts the kingdom first. In that regard, Black Panther is smart to create equally exhilarating fighting scenes for the Dora Milaje (those bodyguards) as it does for Black Panther himself. Newcomer Wright, especially, is a revelation — she’s got it all !
Director:Ryan Coogler Cast:Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis Producer:Kevin Feige