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2018, Superheroes

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The Marvel Comic character and stories, by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee
Writers/Script Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Additional Info Martin Freeman is probably best known for playing Dr Watson in the Sherlock series. Were there no Americans capable of playing the slightly inept CIA man?
Director Ryan Coogler
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Stan Lee
Elevator Pitch The African country of Wakanda is isolated and technologically more advanced than any other country in the world due to the availability of the mineral vibranium, but their traditions are maintained which include individual combat to determine the occupant of the throne. The king, wearer of the Black Panther virbranum suit, developed by his sister, must deal with internal strife and the predations of criminals from the outside world intent on stealing the mineral.
Content Some combat at the top of a waterfall in Wakanda. Various set pieces including an elaborate car chase in South Korea (I did not quite understand why), the development of the suits and much additional technology including aircraft in the king’s sister’s laboratory. Extensive inter-tribal discussions and a variety of threats to the king. Some shootouts. No nudity, no drinking although liquid vibranium might be a drug, some snogging.
A View It was just a bit weird to base the technology on a single mineral, without the country having contact with the outside world. It would have been more appropriate to have them capable of magic powers. Apart from that , it was alarmingly similar to “Troy” in many respects, apart from the people being Africans instead of Greeks. The the king’s female guards were great, the rest – heavy duty scenes based on a pretty tenuous premise.

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