To say Marvel’s Black Panther is the best in the comic book film studio’s lexicon doesn’t even begin to describe the great depth at this film’s core.
It’s not just a superhero film; it’s a cultural landmark, a showcase of African American pride and tantamount to other genre films that transcend the very confines that try to keep them in one box.
This engrossing, visionary work is about a king who ascends to the throne in Wakanda — a technological marvel of a nation — and his struggles with family, royalty and the fears from the world regarding an all-powerful nation.
Chadwick Boseman is truly incredible as King T’Challa.
The actor — who rose to fame in 2013’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42 — shows he not only has dramatic chops, but can be a stellar action-adventure leading man.
Perhaps most engrossing is Michael B. Jordan, who plays the villain with a some unresolved issues, Erik Killmonger. The Creed star is empathetic and cruel at the same time, and he steals the show.
One can only hope a major motion picture packed with an African American cast — including Lupita N’Yongo, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Sterling K. Brown.
With the powerful voice actor Andy Serkies (who played Gollum from Lord of the Rings and Caesar in the Apes remakes) in front of the camera as well, this is the best-acted film of the year.
It’s an exhilarating thrill-ride with a social consciousness and a knack for keeping you on the edge of your seat.
It’s as close to perfect as you’re going to get this year.