BLACK PAN­THER LASHES OUT POW­ER­FULLY

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BLACK PAN­THER (M) LASH­ING OUT POW­ER­FULLY, WITH CLAWS AND EF­FECT DIRECTOR: RYAN COOGLER (CREED) STAR­RING: CHAD­WICK BOSE­MAN, MICHAEL B. JOR­DAN, LUPITA NY­ONG’O, LETI­TIA WRIGHT, ANDY SERKIS RAT­ING:

Black Pan­ther doesn’t just hit its marks. It leaves marks. Land­marks.

As the first Marvel movie block­buster to put a su­per­hero of colour at the epi­cen­tre of the ac­tion, much will be made of the sig­nif­i­cant blows struck by Black

Pan­ther. Not just in the in­ter­ests of racial di­ver­sity (the movie’s rau­cous, yet re­spect­ful em­brace of black cul­ture and his­tory is a break­through Hol­ly­wood mo­ment), but also gen­der equal­ity (the women of Black Pan­ther are no pas­sen­gers in this fast-mov­ing tale).

Black Pan­ther be­gins in the wake of those scenes in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War where we were first in­tro­duced to Prince T’Challa (Chad­wick Bose­man) and his se­cret su­per­hero guise of Black Pan­ther.

Upon the death of his fa­ther, T’Challa ven­tures home to the mys­te­ri­ous king­dom of Wakanda, where it is as­sumed he will take the old man’s place on the throne.

Pre­tend­ing to be a prim­i­tive coun­try has been a bril­liant cover for Wakanda, an in­cred­i­bly ad­vanced, al­most utopian so­ci­ety. The de­sign and de­ploy­ment of tech­nol­ogy here is light years ahead of the so-called ‘civilised’ world. The se­cret to Wakanda’s great leaps for­ward is a rare sub­stance known as vi­bra­nium, a metal­lic ore with en­ergy-trans­fer­ring prop­er­ties that can be ma­nip­u­lated in so­phis­ti­cated ways.

In­fa­mous arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) has got his grubby paws on some vi­bra­nium, and has ev­ery in­ten­tion to sell it to the high­est bid­der. Aid­ing and abet­ting this dan­ger­ous ploy is Erik Kill­mon­ger (a beyond-charis­matic Michael B. Jor­dan of Creed), an ex-US mil­i­tary agent who knows more than he is let­ting on about the mys­ti­cal Wakan­dan way of life.

Once he gets his newly crowned head around the Klaue-Kill­mon­ger al­liance, T’Challa must quickly as­sem­ble the best fight­ing force he can find to ex­tin­guish the threat com­pletely. A no­tice­ably high pro­por­tion of T’Challa’s most trusted war­riors are fe­male. The most dy­namic of them is Nakia (Lupita Ny­ong’o), a de­fi­antly in­de­pen­dent woman whose com­mit­ment to broader so­cial out­reach of­ten puts her at log­ger­heads with Wakanda’s in­su­lar in­stinct to not en­gage with the wider world.

Just as im­por­tant to the over­all fem­i­nine fury cours­ing through Black Pan­ther is the re­mark­able char­ac­ter of Shuri, played by the sure­fire break­out star of the pic­ture, Leti­tia Wright.

As for the rest of the stel­lar sup­port cast, they all bring what Black Pan­ther needs in short, sharp and shrewd doses.

Chad­wick Bose­man dons his vi­bra­nium suit and goes into bat­tle as T’Challa in Black Pan­ther.

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