Black Pan­ther

CHAD­WICK BOSE­MAN makes his solo flight as Mar­vel’s comic-book ad­ven­turer

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Chad­wick Bose­man stars as an African king turned in­de­struc­tible cat­suit wear­ing su­per­hero in this block­buster movie.

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CHAD­WICK BOSE­MAN’S SU­PER­HERO

T’challa, aka Black Pan­ther, gets his own solo turn in this ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated and wildly suc­cess­ful comic-book ad­ven­ture.

Set in a hid­den, tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced African na­tion called Wakanda, the film sees royal heir T’challa fight to de­fend his throne from Michael B Jor­dan’s venge­ful chal­lenger, Erik ‘Kill­mon­ger’ Stevens, while stop­ping South African black-mar­ket arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) ex­ploit­ing Wakanda’s pre­cious, me­te­orite-de­rived me­tal Vi­bra­nium, the source of its su­pe­rior tech­nol­ogy and wealth.

Not that he does it alone. He has a num­ber of strong women by his side, in­clud­ing his re­gal mother Ra­monda (An­gela Bas­sett) and tech-whiz sis­ter Shuri (Leti­tia Wright), his old flame, Wakan­dan spy Nakia (Lupita Ny­ong’o), and spear­wield­ing war­rior Okoye (Danai Gurira), head of the Dora Mi­laje, Wakanda’s all-fe­male royal guard. For a change, it’s a white man (Martin Free­man as a CIA agent) who plays the to­ken side­kick.

Di­rec­tor and co-writer Ryan Coogler sup­plies all the su­per­heroic thrills we’ve come to ex­pect from a Mar­vel block­buster – with ac­tion scenes rang­ing from rit­ual hand-to-hand com­bat to a Bond­style un­der­cover mis­sion in a South Korean casino and an epic bat­tle fea­tur­ing massed tribes and charg­ing war-rhinos.

Yet amid the dust-ups Coogler, mind­ful of the sig­nif­i­cance to­day of a movie with a black su­per­hero, also gives Black Pan­ther a burn­ing so­cial and po­lit­i­cal con­science. 2018, 12, 134Min

CHAD­WICK OF­TEN FELT HEMMED IN BY HISFEL­LOW SU­PER­HEROES

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