Review Round Up: Black Panther

This is the latest superhero film to hit cinemas, starring Andy Serkis and Chadwick Boseman. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews here:

The Guardian: **** “The intriguing thing about Black Panther is that it doesn’t look like a superhero film – more a wide-eyed fantasy romance: exciting, subversive and funny.”

NME: **** “This is a vitally important film and an absolute, watch-it-again-immediately blast.”

Variety: “Black Panther celebrates its hero’s heritage while delivering one of Marvel’s most all-around appealing standalone instalments to date.”

Den of Geek: **** “From the dark-skinned and non-sexualized kick-ass women to an all-time great comic book movie villain, from Ruth E. Carter’s awards-worthy costume design to a story whose themes you’ll be thinking about long after the credits roll: Coogler and co give us so much of what both general audiences and Marvel fans have been craving without feeling like its merely ticking items off a checklist.”

The Independent:****  “a film that works just fine as an old-fashioned ripping yarn without ever forgetting its social conscience. ”

The Telegraph: **** “Directed by Ryan Coogler with serious muscle and style, and magisterially imagined by production designer Hannah Beachler and costume designer Ruth E Carter.”

Irish Times: *** “Black Panther breaks its supposed new ground with limited success. ”

Rolling Stone: **** “There aren’t many superhero films that blow you away with thunderous effects and also tackle ethnic and gender issues, crush racial stereotypes, celebrate women and condemn Trump-era notions of exclusionism.”

Slant Magazine: *** “the film seems, even at its best, like an apex of lowered expectations.”

Empire: **** “one of Black Panther’s greatest triumphs is to make you forget the barrier-breaking significance of its mere existence.”

The Times: **** “if you’re going to do the first black superhero movie of the modern era, this is how you do it.” “Even in this, the most original Marvel movie, there’s a sameness to the rhythm of the storytelling and the nature of the CGI, which is just money thrown at creative challenges.”

Black Panther is released in cinemas on the 12th February. 

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