BLACK PANTHER – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 14 mins.

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BLACK PANTHER – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 14 mins.

Director: Ryan Coogler 

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K. Brown, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Winston Duke and John Kani

As we venture from the streets of Cali to the beautifully breathtaking world of Wakanda, we meet T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), about to take over the throne after his father T’Chaka’s (John Kani) untimely death.  As the tribes of Wakanda come forth to approve this coronation, it seems that TChaka’s first love, the breathtakingly beautiful Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) has returned home to witness this grand ritual first hand.

With the New King now in his rightful place, his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) is working away in the high-tech world in which they all flourish, while General Okoye (Danai Gurira), and her army are keeping the King, and Wakanda, safe from the outside world…

When outsider Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) shows up to renounce T’Challa’s rights to the throne…it seems that the people of Wakanda are going to be forced to take sides.  Now, as T’Challa and Erik’s rivalry starts a tumultuous existence that no one within Wakanda is prepared for, it seems that the ancestral existence of the smartest and bravest of humankind, is about to be turned upside down…

I give BLACK PANTHER a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  As Marvel movies have gone over the past few years, this film, and its ancestral significant storyline, was a pleasant release from the forced comedy and team bonding mentality of the last few films.  Boseman is superbly cast as Black Panther, as his commanding performance is exquisite throughout this entire film.  Jordan’s performance was just as imposing, as he plays outsider Erik Killmonger.  And the brilliant casting of Nyong’o, Bassett and Gurira, as the incredibly beautiful, and powerful women in Black Panther’s life, was marvelous as well .  I mean the only insignificant flaw for me throughout the entire film was the few frames of substandard CGI that caught my eye.  But, beyond that glitch in the cinematography of this film, everything else was absolutely perfectly orchestrated throughout, including its magnificent soundtrack.   I even enjoyed the smaller roles on screen performed by Brown, Whitaker and Kaluuya in this film too…leading me to suggest that even if you aren’t a big fan of MARVEL characters (I’m sure there are one or two of you out there 😉 ) or if you weren’t fond some of the past films this decade, you must head out to a theater near you to see BLACK PANTHER, as he is one smooth cat (pun intended), that you absolutely don’t want to miss experiencing on the big screen, at a theater near you ~ and don’t forget to stay to the last frame passes by…so you’re ready for the next installment 🙂

Kathy Kaiser