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Movie Review: Black Panther

Black Panther, 2/16/18, 2hr 14 min, PG-13

The much anticipated Black Panther is now out in theaters and Marvel has another hit on its hands.  This film has two things working for it, one it is the last Marvel film leading up to Infinity Wars and two it has an incredible cast. 

This is not the first film for the Black Panther character but it is the first time a black character has been the lead in a Marvel film.  That lead actor is Chadwick Boseman who is fantastic, as is Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Basset, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown and many others.  And yes, that is quite a good cast of actors.

Even with that cast I was not blown away by this film as some people were.  I did like the story, the effects and the cast but I wanted more.  I felt as though the story relied too much on the fighting and I wanted more back story and character development.  That is not to say this is a bad film because it is not.  I just wanted more.

This is a Marvel comic book film so there is a fair amount of violence including people being killed on screen.  Some scenes include people being stabbed and some who are shot.  There are many fight scenes and many people fighting.  This would include a great battle on the plains of Wakanda that includes many people and some animals.  Some of the fighting is intense. There is some profanity used in the film including gestures.

I must say that Black Panther is a film that will be noticed for good reason but I wanted to get more from the characters and their story.  It is rated PG-13.  I am giving this film a B+ grade.    

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