Black Panther Movie Review

Black Panther opens today and you’re going to want to see it.  However, before you take the kids please read my review to find out if it’s appropriate for kids of all ages.

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Black Panther: Long Live the King was a fantastic movie.  I really knew nothing about this storyline going into the movie, so I was happy that this was more of an origin type movie with tons of backstory.  Because of this, there is less “action” than you’d normally find in a Marvel movie.  The action and fight scenes that are in the movie tend to be a little more personal for the characters and more graphic than previous Marvel movies.  Don’t expect the Black Panther to be fighting some random bad guy or alien from outer space.

What I loved was that the women in the movie were strong women.  T’Challa’s (the Black Panther) sister was a brilliant scientist who designed his suit and other gadgets.  The general of the armed forces that protects the king is a strong woman who leads the all woman armed forces.

The costuming was stunning!  There is no other Marvel movie with such amazing gorgeous and stunning costumes.  Try to pay attention to the details of the different tribes.  They truly are incredible.

As with most Marvel movies, there are a few curse words…I think I counted 3 (2 h@ll and 1 Sh@t)…but I could have missed one.  The fighting and kills seemed more graphic than previous movies.

Lastly, there was a decent amount of subtitles when they were speaking in a different language.  Just be prepared in case the kids need you to read it to them.

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Official Synopsis:

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. 

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis 

Director: Ryan Coogler 

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Will I take my kids?  I plan on taking both of them (13 & 8); however, I’m not 100% sure it will hold my 8 year old’s attention despite him being a huge Marvel fan.  As always, know your children or see it first before you take them.  But whatever you decide…stay until the very end. There is more than one stinger!

Black Panther opens nationwide Friday (2/16/18).

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Rated PG-13, Run Time 135 minutes, #BlackPanther

Disclaimer: I attended a media screening of this movie.