Black Panther

The women suddenly spotted their costume designer.

Since being hit by a mystic meteorite in ancient times, the African kingdom of Wakanda has developed a high-tech civilisation while maintaining traditional ways (spears, dancing, colourful clothing, some sexism) and posing to the rest of the world as an impoverished Third World country.

T’Challa is Wakanda’s new king following his father’s untimely death in a previous Marvel film (I forget which). The king is also the Black Panther, imbued with superhuman strength by a mystic purple blossom (yes, there’s lots of prologue to this).

T’Challa’s first task as king is to bring his father’s killer, Ulysses Klaue, to justice. Unfortunately Klaue has also nicked some of Wakanda’s mystic meteorite metal and has used it to develop fiendish weapons. Not only that, he threatens to reveal Wakanda’s secret to the world. So T’Challa has his claws full.

There are things to like about this film. Its refreshing non-whiteness, the main female characters, the moral message. So it’s unfortunate that T’Challa simply isn’t very interesting and the story, technology and fights just make it feel like a composite of everything from Iron Man to Batman to Bond, but with less wit. It’s also far too long. 6/10


One thought on “Black Panther

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s