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
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