‘Black Panther’ Is In One Word A Masterpiece


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‘Black Panther’ written by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler (who also brilliantly directed the film based on Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s Marvel comics character of the same name) is absolutely hands down one of the best and most original, exhilarating superhero films I’ve seen to date.

The mostly black cast that includes Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, Danai Gurira (as the most powerful warrior in all of Wakanda), Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis (the very evil arms merchant), Ulysses Klaue, Martin Freeman (a CIA agent), and Florence Kasumba, all give incredible, riveting performances.

Besides having a great story, amazing visuals, complex emotional relationships and, of course, edge-of-your-seat action, the film is also very funny in all the right places and definitely elevates the “superhero” movie.

Not wanting to give anything away, here’s a very general synopsis.  After the death of his father, T-Challa returns home to the nation of Wakanda, a place hidden from the rest of the world, to take his rightful place as king.

After he is given a special Heart-shaped Herb which has a mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther God, T-Challa develops acute senses, enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability, self-healing, as well as amazing reflexes, and becomes the Black Panther.

Oh, did I mention, his sister, Shuri (the very funny Letitia Wright) whose scientific brain leaves Bond’s “Q” in the dust,  has come up with a very cool outfit for T’Challa’s alter ego along with some extremely nifty weapons, cars, planes and an assortment of other very handy high tech devices?

It’s a good thing too, because there are people in T’Challa’s kingdom, including an exiled American black ops agent known as Killmonger (Martin B. Jordan) who not only desires the throne, but wants to use the country’s advanced weaponry and super technology— created by a rare mineral Vibranium, which landed via a meteorite—to free the repressed people of color around the world. However, this would mean killing a large part of the population and exposing Wakanda to the world.

“Black Panther,” which opens in theatres Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, is a “must see” film for everyone, even people who aren’t into “superhero” films.  It is truly one-of-a-kind and I can’t wait for the sequel.


Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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1 Response to ‘Black Panther’ Is In One Word A Masterpiece

  1. Guillermo Freedman says:

    Wow what a 5 Star review and obviously a must see for my wife and I !

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