Swanner: “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.
I went with the studio’s studio summary because the story is quite complicated, even though it very easy to follow visually. Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa, with Michael B Jordan as Erik Killmonger, the man who challenges T’Challa for the throne. Director Ryan Coogler (Creed), brings a fresh look at the superhero genre with co-writer Joe Robert Cole, using the source material to move this Shakespearean drama in new exciting ways.
As good as Boseman and Jordan are in the film, I found myself watching the women in the film. Like a good pride, the male watches over while the females protect. Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright play the women warriors that kick ass while the two leads growl. The production value is so amazing, and the whole look of the film is breathtaking. I know this is really more of an origin story that introduces us to these great characters, but promises more to come. I love how many critics thought Marvel didn’t have enough superheros that could command the big screen. Wrong again, because this king rules.
Swanner: 3 1/2 stars