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BLACK PAN­THER (12A)

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CINEMA -

If Black Pan­ther, di­rected with swag­ger by Ryan Coogler, is em­blem­atic of things to come from the Mar­vel Comics pan­theon then roll on 2018, be­cause this fre­net­i­cally edited odyssey of self-doubt and re­demp­tion is the big cat’s whiskers. In some re­spects, this is iden­tikit film-mak­ing: prodi­gal sons tor­mented by the loss of pow­er­ful fa­thers, com­put­er­gen­er­ated char­ac­ters trad­ing bonecrunch­ing blows in mid-air, a throw­away cameo for comic book maven Stan Lee, and ad­di­tional scenes con­cealed in end cred­its.

Ge­netic flaws aside, Coogler’s slinky pic­ture is barn­storm­ing en­ter­tain­ment of the high­est pedi­gree, which sinks its nar­ra­tive claws into present-day racial ten­sions, gen­der in­equal­ity and western im­pe­ri­al­ism with rel­ish.

Fe­male char­ac­ters are feisty, in­tel­li­gent and refuse to sit de­murely on the side­lines while en­gag­ing yet flawed male coun­ter­parts have all the fun.

As one proud war­rior re­minds her re­gal lover: the choice to rule as queen rests in her hands.

A pre­dom­i­nantly black cast fes­tooned with Os­car win­ners and nom­i­nees adds lus­tre to a lean script co-writ­ten by Joe Robert Cole, teas­ing out ten­der ro­mance and bruis­ing blood­line ri­val­ries stained with tears of re­gret.

Chad­wick Bose­man as T’challa aka Black Pan­ther

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