(2018) (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Superhero Action: The new king of a technologically advanced African nation must contend with challenges to his rule and his country's isolationism.
- Following the death of his father -- the king of Wakanda -- from a terrorist bombing at the U.N. -- prince T'Challa, a.k.a. the Black Panther (CHADWICK BOSEMAN), is set to assume rule of the African nation with the blessings of his mother, Ramonda (ANGELA BASSETT), and their tribal leader, Zuri (FOREST WHITAKER), but not before defeating a challenger for the throne in the form of M'Baku (WINSTON DUKE). To the rest of the world, Wakanda appears to be a third world nation. In reality, it's a technologically enhanced country that remains hidden due to an immense cloaking device fueled by the powerful metal vibranium that's in abundance there.
That material is desired by super-villain Ulysses Klaue (ANDY SERKIS) who's long bedeviled the Wakandan people and possesses a powerful arm cannon powered by it. With the help of black ops mercenary Erik Killmonger (MICHAEL B. JORDAN), Klaue steals more of that from a London museum. That act has drawn the demand from Wakandans such as W'Kabi (DANIEL KALUUYA) to have the terrorist killed, while others such as T'Challa's ex, Nakia (LUPITA NYONG'O), believe overall that they should help others around the world who are poor, sick or oppressed lead healthier and safer lives.
T'Challa is reluctant to do either, what with his isolationist country having flown under the world's radar. Nonetheless, and equipped with a special high-tech suit created by his tech-inventor sister, Shur (LETITIA WRIGHT), he sets out with Nakia and his top general-warrior, Okoye (DANAI GURIRA), to find and kill Klaue. But they aren't expecting to run into CIA agent Everett K. Ross (MARTIN FREEMAN) who's also after the terrorist but needs him alive. Little do they know, however, that Klaue isn't going to be their biggest problem as Erik -- with various personal and philosophical axes to grind -- sets out to turn their world upside down.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Many most likely will, especially if they're superhero movies.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture.
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