Five Reasons You’ll Love It - February 9, 2018

Black Panther - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Black Panther - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

Before he teams up once again with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for an almighty dust-up in Avengers: Infinity War, we first get a proper look at Black Panther. 

The movie stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, while Creed director Ryan Coogler in the director's chair. 

Boseman, who made his debut in the role during Captain America: Civil War, stars as King T’Challa who returns home to Wakanda to find his sovereignty challenged by factions within his own country. 

Things get especially tricky when two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, to stop them T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with Freeman's C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda's special force, to prevent a world war breaking out. 

The movie rolls into cinemas next Tuesday (February 13th), but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons you'll love it...

 

There's very little heavy lifting...

Lots has been made by the cast and creatives that Black Panther is a true standalone film, not another pitstop before we get to Infinity War, and that proves very true. There are no cameos from any of Black Panther's new colleagues, no references to Thanos or the infinity gauntlet, this is a true standalone film. You forget you're watching a Marvel movie more than once, and, in this case, that's a compliment. 

 

Michael B. Jordan is a particularly brilliant villain...

Jordan plays the wonderfully named Eric Kilmonger, a NAVY seal with Wakanda heritage who comes back to challenge for the throne. He is brooding, intense, full of fire and utterly captivating. A great piece of casting. 

 

There are some brilliant finds in the supporting cast...

Lupita Nyong'o's fiery Nakia and Daniel Kaluuya's complex W'Kabi are both excellent, but this is real ensemble movie. Particularly shining are newcomers Letitia Wright, who brilliantly plays Shuri, T'Challa's geeky younger sister and source of much of the movie's light relief, and Danai Gurira, who plays fearsome warrior Okoye. 

 

Coogler's storytelling excels...

At 134 minutes, Black Panther is not a short film, but Coogler packs a lot in. He cleverly sets up the world of Wakanda, the succession of Boseman's T'Challa to the throne and the problems he's set to face in a way that's light touch and easy on the exposition. The film never drags. 

 

It's so wonderfully imaginative...

There's so much colour and so much life. The costumes are bright and beautiful, the technology that powers the city is full of imagination and the overall vision is jaw-dropping. It's a visual feast as well as a great superhero flick. 

 

Black Panther will be released into UK cinemas on February 13th and will be available to pre-order from hmv's online store on the same day. 

To check out Marvel's full back catalogue and the full range of Black Panther merchandise in hmv's online store, click here.

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