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Black Panther

2018  134 MN


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Ryan Coogler
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King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

 Release Date

February 13, 2018

 Runtime

2h14m (134 min)

 Budget

$ 200,000,000

 Revenue

$ 1,346,739,107


 Top Billed Cast

 Chadwick Boseman
 King T’Challa / Black Panther
 Michael B. Jordan
 N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens
 Lupita Nyong'o
 Nakia
 Danai Gurira
 Okoye
 Martin Freeman
 Everett K. Ross
 Daniel Kaluuya
 W'Kabi


 Written by

Stan Lee Comic Book
Jack Kirby Comic Book
Ryan Coogler Screenplay
Joe Robert Cole Screenplay
Simeon Wilkins Storyboard

 Tagline

Long live the king.

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 Cast

Chadwick Boseman
  King T’Challa / Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan
  N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens
Lupita Nyong'o
  Nakia
Danai Gurira
  Okoye
Martin Freeman
  Everett K. Ross
Daniel Kaluuya
  W'Kabi
Letitia Wright
  Shuri
Winston Duke
  M'Baku
Sterling K. Brown
  N'Jobu
Angela Bassett
  Ramonda
Forest Whitaker
  Zuri
Andy Serkis
  Ulysses Klaue / Klaw
Florence Kasumba
  Ayo
John Kani
  T'Chaka
David S. Lee
  Limbani
Nabiyah Be
  Linda
Isaach De Bankolé
  River Tribe Elder
Connie Chiume
  Mining Tribe Elder
Dorothy Steel
  Merchant Tribe Elder
Danny Sapani
  Border Tribe Elder
Sydelle Noel
  Xoliswa
Marija Abney
  Dora Milaje
Zola Williams
  Dora Milaje
Janeshia Adams-Ginyard
  Dora Milaje
Maria Hippolyte
  Dora Milaje
Marie Mouroum
  Dora Milaje
Jénel Stevens
  Dora Milaje
Sope Aluko
  Shaman
Stan Lee
  Casino Patron
Atandwa Kani
  Young T'Chaka
Ashton Tyler
  Young T'Challa
Denzel Whitaker
  Young Zuri
Shaunette Renée Wilson
  Dora Milaje
Christine Hollingsworth
  Dora Milaje
Lucy Hockings
  BBC Reporter
Bambadjan Bamba
  Military Leader
Roland Kilumbu
  Young Military
Francesca Faridany
  Museum Director
Mark Ashworth
  Security Guard
Seth Carr
  Young Killmonger
Jeremy Sample
  Jabari Fisherman
Alexis Rhee
  Sophia
Alex Hibbert
  Young Oakland Kid
Trevor Noah
  Griot (voice)
Sebastian Stan
  James "Bucky" Barnes / Winter Soilder (uncredited)
Tahseen Ghauri
  U.N. Official
Danny Chung
  Casino Dealer
Shad Gaspard
  Actor
William Cowboy Reed
  Museum Guard
Michael David Yuhl
  Ambassador
Elizabeth Elkins
  CIA Agent
Amechi Okocha
  Bueze
Tony Sears
  French Ambassador
Timothy Carr
  UN Security Guard
Apollo GT
  Fish Market Shopper
James Siderits
  U.N. Official / Translator
Travis Love
  Jabari Warrior
Lidya Jewett
  Young Nakia
Alona Leoine
  School Child / Playground Kid
Kinley Fleurejuste
  Uptown Patron
Ofu Obekpa
  Kings Guard
Michael R. Ciminna
  Security Guard
John Y Lee
  Casino Dealer
Byron Coolie
  Wakandan
William Walker
  Museum Security Guard
Stanley Aughtry
  Merchant Tribe Warrior
Raenen Golez
  Casino Patron
Leo De Rivera
  Casino Bartender
Tevin Beech
  Guard
Tari Omoro
  Jabari Drummer
Andrea Antonio Canal
  Casino Guest
David Dunston
  Citizen of Wakanda
Josue Louis-Charles
  Mining Tribe
Isaac Phillips
  Mining Tribe #2
Jamel Chambers
  Merchant (uncredited)
Milton Saul
  Merchant Tribe (uncredited)

 Crew


Sarah Halley Finn
  Casting
Jay Hart
  Set Decoration
Jacques Haitkin
  Camera Operator
Steve Boeddeker
  Supervising Sound Editor
Steve Boeddeker
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Stan Lee
  Executive Producer
Stan Lee
  Comic Book
Kevin Feige
  Producer
Helen Pollak
  Unit Production Manager
Ruth E. Carter
  Costume Design
Daniel Sudick
  Special Effects Supervisor
Jesse Rosenthal
  Art Direction
Jack Kirby
  Comic Book
Jeffrey Chernov
  Executive Producer
Chad S. Frey
  Set Designer
Louis D'Esposito
  Executive Producer
Marco Rubeo
  Set Designer
Alan Hook
  Supervising Art Director
Victoria Alonso
  Executive Producer
Joel Harlow
  Makeup Designer
Greg Waddle
  Rigging Grip
Ross Sebek
  Camera Operator
Matthew Silva
  Makeup Supervisor
Raj Rihal
  Conceptual Illustrator
Lisa C. Satriano
  First Assistant Director
Claudia Castello
  Editor
Ludwig Göransson
  Original Music Composer
Rachel Morrison
  Director of Photography
Hannah Beachler
  Production Design
Kendrick Lamar
  Theme Song Performance
Kendrick Lamar
  Music Producer
Erica Rice
  Assistant Costume Designer
Scott Thaler
  Unit Production Manager
Ryan Coogler
  Screenplay
Ryan Coogler
  Director
Matt Kennedy
  Still Photographer
Nate Moore
  Executive Producer
Kasra Farahani
  Conceptual Illustrator
Michael P. Shawver
  Editor
Till Nowak
  Conceptual Illustrator
Joe Robert Cole
  Screenplay
Steve Mathis
  Gaffer
Paul A. Simmons Jr.
  Costume Supervisor
Melanie Deforrest
  Makeup Artist
Aimee McCue
  Key Costumer
Wendy M. Craig
  Costume Supervisor
Ren Rohling
  Makeup Artist
Sarah Forrest
  Set Designer
Andrew Petrotta
  Property Master
Kerstin Kensy
  Visual Effects Producer
Brian Adler
  Visual Effects
Florian Gellinger
  Visual Effects Producer
Jonathan Weber
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Ivan Kondrup Jensen
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Brandon Proctor
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
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  Art Department Coordinator
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  Steadicam Operator
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  Key Costumer
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  Visual Effects Supervisor
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  Set Designer
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  Production Supervisor
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  Makeup Artist
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  Set Designer
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  Visual Effects Supervisor
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  VFX Supervisor
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  Gaffer
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  Script Supervisor
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  Visual Effects Producer
John Polyson
  Visual Effects Editor
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  Aerial Director of Photography
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  Art Direction
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  Makeup Artist
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  Assistant Costume Designer
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  Visual Effects Supervisor
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  Set Decorating Coordinator
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  Makeup Artist
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  Assistant Art Director
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  Software Engineer
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Not my favourite Marvel movie
By Carry9 on May 13, 2018
 5

After all I've heard about this movie I was a little bit disappointed when I watched it.
Perhaps, the reason for it is, that I watched it after having seen the new Avengers movie.

The special effects however were very good.
I liked the fact, that in this movie there were only two white guys. Normally it is always the other way round.

So it was not a bad movie, but I expected more.


Gimly

The reviews for _Black Panther_ are all essentially saying the same thing: This is a great movie because it's so different from anything we've seen before, not just in the MCU but in the superhero genre overall, the villain is fantastic and _Black Panther_ is just a new and totally innovative film. Allow me to disagree (almost) entirely. _Black Panther_ is a great film, not because it breaks the mould, but because Marvel Studios has a successful pattern and _Black Panther_ adheres to it completely. Obviously the importance of a lead who is not just black but actually African is not to be understated, we have the least white cast of any superhero movie to date and they absolutely killed it, all very important socio-political stuff, to be sure. But the bones of _Black Panther_, the plot, the script, the events, the turns, all of that, it's a carbon copy of what's worked 17 times before. It works again, don't get me wrong, _Black Panther_ truly was an experience, both important and fantastic, but to say it re-invented the wheel here, is, to me, an outright lie.

_Final rating:★★★½ - I really liked it. Would strongly recommend you give it your time._


hankster3000

Overrated and overhyped. Definitely avoid. Watch on redbox if you must.


Movie Queen41

This is definitely one of Marvel's best because the story is compelling and the characters are well developed. Black Panther and his friends and family must defend themselves and their homeland of Wakanda from the clutches of Klau (Andy Serkis) and Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Not only is the lead actor great as T'Challa/Black Panther, but the supporting cast does a fine job as well, especially the female actors. T'Challa is surrounded by smart, strong women. Marvel seems to break its villain curse with Klau and especially Killmonger. Killmonger is very well developed and even sympathetic at times, despite his villainy. He sort of reminded me of Tom Hiddleston's Loki. The action scenes and special effects are outstanding. Highly recommended if you enjoy comic book movies.


Crenor

Really good movie. Good story, lots of fun. This is what DC is missing.


Per Gunnar Jonsson

It was with some hesitation that I went to see this movie. I was afraid that it would be burdened with too much political and social preaching. Especially knowing how much the movie is praised amongst certain factions in our society today. Sure enough there were indeed some of that nonsense but luckily it was much less than I feared.

I actually found the movie fairly entertaining. It is far from great, certainly very far from the insane hype surrounding it, but pretty okay. It is more or less a standard issue super hero movie on a big budget. Of course this means a fairly mediocre underlying story beefed up with lots of action and special effects.

The story itself is a traditional revenge story with some black power stuff. Nothing to write home about but it works as a vehicle for the action and special effects which is what makes this movie. There are the usual nonsense and plot holes in it of course. Like Shuri claiming that Vibranium (silly name but never mind) is instable at high speeds yet they have no problem making flying ships and other fast moving stuff with it.

The characters are a wee bit disappointing as far as the main characters are concerned. I felt that the main protagonist has little in terms of charisma. Killmonger, the main bad guy, was downright disappointing. To me he looked like the stereotype of a dumb thug and mostly he behaved like one. Bloody hell could they not have found an actor that looked less…well…stupid!

Personally the character I liked best was actually Klaue which was pretty cool, insane but cool. The female warriors, which were both kick-ass and smart, and Shuri is also fairly high up on my approval list.

Special effects! This is of course where this movie shines. Overall I think the special effects were good. The design of the various gadgets, ships etc were very nice. The rampaging rhinos in the final fight really made me laugh. I should have seen that coming. I definitely liked all the sonic effects. Obviously this movie would have been more or less null if the special effects would not have been a success.

On the whole Black Panther is a quite enjoyable special effects and action movie. Nothing more, nothing less. Some social preaching nonsense but less than I feared, hum ho story, lots of action and lots of special effects.


OblateSphereDroid

I was really surprised how much I liked this movie. There was so much going on; immigration concerns; the fight between saving the world and protecting your own country(sound familiar); the fear of an African country’s resources being pillaged; how best to handle the problems black people face worldwide; and many great authentic feeling cultural nods. All this while not being heavy or preachy. You can definitely eat popcorn to this. The villain; Killmonger, is great. Not great in that he is scary, though he is, but because he is more complex than some shadowy figure you should just trust is a bad guy because of visual effects or dramatic music.

This movie isn’t just explosions and one-liners in an exotic location. This is a great movie in general. It’s always interesting. There are great relationships between all the characters. Finally; Wakanda is really a place. It feels alive and lived in; not just impressive buildings used as a backdrop. They did a wonderful job of worldbuilding; from the rituals, to the clothing, fancy tech, and scenery. This movie is definitely worth a watch.

☆☆☆☆-1/2

I also have to add that; you get to actually see Andy Serkis! When I saw his name I thought we was going to be some kind of CGI monster. I’m just happy to see him get actual screen time.


Dsnake1

The Black Panther is a fun romp, but it definitely has some issues. First, the good.

The action is fun, the emotions hit home, and the story isn't dirt-poor.

While the CGI gets ripped on from time to time, I thought it was solid enough for a Marvel movie. The fight scenes were relatively well-choreographed, as well. The ritual combat scenes were exciting and visually appealing. The fights in Korea were also fun to see, and while I'm not a fan of car chase scenes as a whole, I did enjoy this one. It was reminiscent of a James Bond movie.

In fact, that's another appeal, at least to me. The secret technology base and the fun action scenes were a great callback to James Bond-type movies. I do think the movie would have been complemented by giving T'Challa a similar vice as Bond's, although Marvel probably wouldn't veer down that line for the seemingly morally absolute King of Wakanda.

The story, well, it's a mixed bag. Everything seemed crammed together with major emotional keys being rushed through or somewhat ignored. The concept is fine though. A long lost relative comes to challenge the new king, wins, and shows his colors, becoming something amoral. The king comes back and takes down the usurper, realizing something about themselves/their kingdom in the process. It's tired, but not so tired it damages the movie.

This is where the issues begin to rise, though. The movie is really a movie and a half or two movies crammed into one. Wakanda has a ton of wonderful mythology, but almost none of it is explained. The movie never really explains how the Wakandans used vibranium was used to make themselves wealthy. It touches on it in some exposition, but there was much more that was just glossed over.

In addition, W'Kabi became radicalized by Killmonger much too quickly for such a pivotal relationship to flip. Some of the emotional aspects of the movie fell flat because they weren't given enough screen time.

Despite its flaws, Black Panther is a fun movie that adds to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It should have been two movies, but I doubt this is the last we'll see of Wakanda.


DanDare

The character of T'Challa made his debut in Captain America 3: Civil War.

In Black Panther, T'Challa returns to his homeland of Wakanda after the death of his father who has been hiding a secret about his brother who lived in the USA. He now inherits the throne after a challenge from a rival.

Wakanda is an african country with wealth, power and immense technology that it hides from the outside world.

T'Challa's uncle wanted an uprising in the USA. Now his son Killmonger comes to Wakanda and challenges T'Challa for the throne.

Killmonger wins and leads the struggle for black power.

Black Panther is a well made efficient film from Marvel who really have nailed down their formula. The box office avalanche has surprised me. It simply is not that good with a very predictable story.


Wuchak

Overrated due to political correctness; it’s noble and has its points of interest, but it’s also kinda meh

RELEASED IN 2018 and directed by Ryan Coogler, "Black Panther” details events when T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) takes over kingship of the hidden African nation Wakanda after his father passes (John Kani). The kingdom is technologically advanced due to its secret resource Vibranium, a priceless, almost magical metal. Unfortunately, T’Challa’s reign is challenged by an angry American former-black ops soldier, Erik “Killmonger” (Michael B. Jordan).

With its black director and mostly black cast (with a couple of token white dudes), “Black Panther” was overhyped and overrated upon release. Critics were apparently afraid of being called “racist” by liberal fascists if they dared to be honest and say anything negative (rolling my eyes). The movie’s likable and certainly has its points of interest, but the characters are rather dull, except for Killmonger, and the story isn’t all that involving. It’s basically a mediocre superhero movie that has some blatant Bond-isms and is set apart by its primarily black cast and African locale. It fails to rise to the entertainment level of even “Ant-Man” (2015).

Still, it’s respectfully noble and the story provokes interesting questions, like isolationism vs. internationalism and African-American culture vs. Native African culture. But there’s some eye-rolling bits, like when Shuri (Letitia Wright) calls CIA agent Ross (Martin Freeman) a “colonizer,” which isn’t even accurate. Maybe it was supposed to be a joke.

The waterfall fight between the Black Panther and Killmonger was an homage to the first issue of The Black Panther series in Jungle Action: Issue #6, September, 1973. At the end of that comic’s story T'Challa and Erik fight at the top of a waterfall culminating with Killmonger throwing Black Panther over the cliff. This issue was the beginning of the "Panther's Rage" storyline by Don McGregor (featuring artists Billy Graham, Rich Buckler and Gil Kane), which ran for over two years in 13 issues of Jungle Action #6-18 and 209 pages, including the Epilogue. Many consider it the first graphic novel. Of course, this wasn't the first appearance of the Black Panther (who debuted in 1966), but it was the first issue where he was the starring character.

And it was this series that provided the intriguing exposition on T’Challa, Wakanda and its citizens, visitors & enemies. It’s a travesty that McGregor, who created the characters of Killmonger & W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and conceived this exposition, wasn’t acknowledged in this movie; shameful.

THE FILM RUNS 2 hours, 14 minutes and was shot in Georgia (Atlanta, Fayetteville), South Korea (Busan) and Iguazú Waterfalls, Argentina. Ironically, nothing was shot in Africa. WRITERS: Coogler and Joe Robert Cole (and, uncredited, Don McGregor).

GRADE: B-


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Awesome movie


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"Black Panther is Marvelous (pun intended)"

T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to his native Wakanda to be crowned king. Not long after he’s challenged for the throne and war looms over his homeland.

Black Panther isn’t your typical hero because let’s face it… He’s black. And apart from Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and Smeagol (Andy Serkis), everybody’s black. And that’s the way it should be.
The entire cast delivers. Boseman is excellent as king T’Challa who struggles with his new role. It doesn’t get any easierr when Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) shows up. Killmonger is a mean SOB yet you care for him (some good writing right there). He’s a worthy adversary and one of the better Marvel villains. Jordan portrays him perfectly. Director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are a match made in heaven. This is their third collaboration after ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’ and again they’re successful. The movie itself gets better as Jordan’s role gets bigger.

The female characters and actors are equally impressive. Especially Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) steal the show.

There’s less humour in ‘Black Panther’ than we’re used to seeing in Marvel films but that’s not a bad thing. The movie doesn’t need it.

Though it’s set in (fictional) Africa there wasn’t any filming done in Africa. Nonetheless the movie looks right. The makers did a great job of creating Wakanda. Huge props to costume designer Ruth E. Carter and composer Ludwig Göransson who help bring Wakanda to life.
On the downside there’s a lot of CGI. Sometimes it’s too obvious (rhinos say hi). Despite that the battle scenes are beautifully choreographed. Especially Okoye wielding her spear is a thing to behold.

All in all ‘Black Panther’ is another wonderful addition to the MCU and we can’t wait to see what role T’Challa and his sidekicks are going to play in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.


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Black Panther will probably be remembered as a culturally significant film more so than a great one, but that shouldn't take away from the movie's deeper theme of inclusivity. This is a really good movie with heart and intelligence.

The fact that I have issues with the pacing, the generic action, or that I don't find Killmonger as complex a villain as the movie thinks is my problem. But I don't understand how people can hate on Black Panther because it integrates social and political themes into its narrative. Isn't contemporary relevance key in determining the greatness of a film?


Nelson

I really enjoyed this film, it was new uncharted never done before, and they delivered a marvel masterpiece. I look forward to seeing the next one...



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