in about 100 words or less
US 134m, Colour
Director: Ryan Coogler; Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
As the second highest grossing film in 2018, Black Panther also sits atop the Marvel Comic Film Universe as the most critically acclaimed superhero movie to-date. While the Panther’s origin story is no less preposterous than any other superhero, this is an especially drawn out and repetitive movie that takes itself far too seriously. Likewise, the gratuitous praise that critics have heaped upon this film is somewhat baffling, especially considering the ridiculous collection of “primitive” tribes who live in peace through the use of a mystical metal known as vibranium. Political relevance aside, which has been discussed at length elsewhere, Black Panther is a welcome addition to the film superhero genre, but comes nowhere close to living up to the hype (Klaus Ming January 2019).