Following that initial wave of reviews for Black Panther, we’ve now collected another batch and those point to this being Marvel’s best movie yet. However, what issues are a lot of critics singling out?
While we’ve heard from the trades and other similar outlets, below you’ll find the verdicts from respected British and American newspapers, publications like Empire and Entertainment Weekly, and websites such as Collider and GQ. It’s a great mix of opinions from critics and looking through these, it’s easy to see what issues were particularly problematic for some (the running time’s one of them).
There are no spoilers in any of the reviews below but be cautious when clicking through to read the full versions as you never know what you might find. In the meantime, though, simply click on either one of the buttons below to check out this list of verdicts in its entirety and stay tuned for more.
And where do we go after this? Does Black Panther get to be another subordinate bit-part player in future Marvel ensemble movies? I hope not: I want stories where Black Panther takes on people outside Wakanda and I hope that Nakia gets a movie of her own. 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. [4/5]
SOURCE: Toronto Sun
While the themes are deep, Black Panther is at the same time a visual joy to behold, with confident quirkiness (those aforementioned war rhinos), insane action sequences and special effects, and the glorious reveal of Wakanda, whose culture is steeped in African influences but which also offers a jaw-dropping look at what a city of the future could be. Let’s not wait too long for a return trip. [4/4]
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
SOURCE: Associated Press
SOURCE: The Times
Passionately performed and lavish in its love for African culture, Black Panther is a franchise film with a distinct individual identity, and one that wants to mean something to those who watch it. When a group of black kids gaze up at the alien-like Wakandan aircraft shimmering in the sky above their California home, their eyes fill with wonder. In moments like these, we’re reminded just why representation matters. [4/5]
SOURCE: Radio Times
SOURCE: New York Times
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Empire Online
Coogler’s filmmaking isn’t flawless. The CG backdrops veer into screensaver territory, and the battle scenes are often shot in turbulent closeup; the last 30 minutes are so frenetic it feels like there are defibrillator pads sewn into the theater seats. But he infuses nearly every frame with soul and style, and makes the radical case that a comic-book movie can actually have something meaningful — beyond boom or kapow or America — to say. In that context, Panther’s nuanced celebration of pride and identity and personal responsibility doesn’t just feel like a fresh direction for the genre, it’s the movie’s own true superpower. [A-]
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly
SOURCE: Total Film
SOURCE: Rolling Stone