A rare #fail by Marvel: Review of Black Panther by Rashid Irani

The new king of Wakanda is under attack. There’s a lot of clanging of swords and spears, little plot. It’s all more exhausting than entertaining.

movie reviews Updated: Feb 16, 2018 14:37 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Hollywood,Marvel,Superhero
Yes, Black Panther finally brings the first Black comic-book superhero to the screen. But sadly that’s about it.
BLACK PANTHER
  • Direction: Ryan Coogler
  • Actors: Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright
  • Rating: 2 / 5

This will go down as one of the rare comic-book adaptations by the Marvel movie factory to fail.

Yes, Black Panther finally brings the first Black comic-book superhero to the screen. But sadly that’s about it.

Introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016), the prince of the mythical African nation of Wakanda has ascended the throne following the murder of his father. The vibranium-rich region now faces a fresh challenge — an American mercenary aptly named Killmonger is determined to unseat the new king.

The ensemble cast features Angela Bassett as the Queen Mother and a stunning Letitia Wright (above), as the tech-whiz younger sister of the king.

The rest of the two-hour-plus narrative is mostly frenetic action set pieces — swords and spears, car chases, an armoured rhino.

The ensemble cast features plenty of African-American talent, including Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett (as the Queen Mother) and best of all, Letitia Wright, as the tech-whiz younger sister.

To the credit of the film, the crew is predominantly Black. Besides writer-director Ryan Coogler (Creed), there’s also production designer Hannah Beachler.

The stunts are feeble, though; the special effects fail to wow. Even the end-credit teasers aren’t fun. Expect to leave the theatre more exhausted than entertained.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 15:18 IST