Black Panther

In Cinemas Now

Note: For Black Panther 3D movie times, please check the 3D profile.

Chadwick Boseman reprises his titular role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 18th film. Directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner Ryan Coogler (Creed).

When Black Panther's leadership is threatened by two of his foes who join forces, he must fight back along with the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje. Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) has been revealed to be one of said foes.

Vodafone Fanstastic Fridays

Vodafone customer? Skip the queue! Plus we’ve added more cinemas you can get $11 tickets to - for any movie, any day.

Find 11$ tickets near meClick here for full details and a list of participating cinemas.THIS IS A SPONSORED MESSAGEContinue to ticket booking

Trailers

Directed by

Written by

Studio

Marvel Entertainment

Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Blockbuster

134mins

Rating: M Violence

USA

Official Site

With his regal demeanour, noble disposition, and unquestionable ability to kick an ass or 20, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa proved himself worthy of the Black Panther suit in Captain America: Civil War. Had his solo film expanded on these three qualities, while delivering the necessary fights and funnies that define the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would have made for a good film. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther does much more.

Like most of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the plot runs by a tried-and-true blueprint. This time, it follows the footsteps of the first Thor with story beats surrounding royalties, loyalties, betrayals, outcasts and family secrets that feel familiar (sometimes predictable). However, they play naturally to the majestic and technologically advanced world of Wakanda.

If anyone deserves to retire as kings and queens, it’s the art department. There’s so much creativity displayed in the makeup, costuming, sets, and sci-fi designs that a single watch cannot absorb it all. From the striking attire of the Dora Milaje warriors to the sand-like magnetic thingy-ma-bobs that power Wakandan tech, every detail adds wonderment to a world that imagines an African culture gifted with near-unlimited resources and untainted by colonialism.

The poisons of history play a big part in Black Panther – not just with colonialism, but with any past act that later proves to be problematic. This is what powers Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger, a vicious yet sympathetic adversary with enough depth to make him one of the more memorable villains in the MCU.

However, the true knockout stars are Lupita Nyong’o as Wakandan spy Nakia and Danai Gurira as Dora Milaje general Okoye. They’re given multiple times to shine using both their heroic fists and their stand-up comedy routines while sticking to their own rounded subplots.

Weirdly enough, Get Out’s Oscar-nominated star Daniel Kaluuya ends up falling a little flat as commander W’Kabi, using a casual ‘did you just fart?’ face for almost every confrontation. His relationship with Okoye also seems non-existent until the film coughs it up during an otherwise exciting climax. But those are minor complaints for a film that feels gargantuan in almost every other way.

Los Angeles Times

press

We didn't know we'd been yearning for it until it arrived, but now that it's here it's unmistakable that the wait for a film like "Black Panther" has been way longer than it should have been.

New York Times

press

Most big studio fantasies take you out for a joy ride only to hit the same exhausted story and franchise-expanding beats. Not this one.

Guardian (UK)

press

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.

Variety (USA)

press

Celebrates its hero's heritage while delivering one of Marvel's most all-around appealing standalone installments to date.

Total Film (UK)

press

Confident, assured and athletic filmmaking.

Hollywood Reporter

press

With uncanny timing, Marvel takes its superheroes into a domain they've never inhabited before and is all the better for it in Black Panther.

Empire (UK)

press

A giddily enjoyable, convention-bucking 134-minute epic that somehow manages to simultaneously be a comic-book blockbuster, a pulsating espionage thriller and an Afro-futurist family saga.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

press

A vibrant, exciting, relevant slice of Marvellous entertainment.

Listener (Russell Baillie)

press

Could Black Panther be any more exciting? Yes.

Mostly lives up to the hype

There was a lot of hype about this movie before I saw it, so expectations were high. For the most part it lived up to them - the movie was well-acted, had good action scenes, and beautiful scenery. The stereotypical story-lines and over-the-top tropes were typical of a superhero movie, so I can't hold those against this film.


Black Panther

Just another Marvel superhero blockbuster. Fun action sequences. Michael B. Jordan is great as Erik Killmonger, one of the best MCU antagonists and a far more interesting character than T'Challa (Black Panther). I enjoyed Andy Serkis' goofy performance as Ulysses Klaue. The plot takes a while to kick in. Just a personal preference, but the funnier, less serious Marvel films (e.g. THOR: RAGNAROK, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) are more entertaining than the Marvel films with less humorous, more dramatic tones. Enjoyed the movie enough, but it's not the second coming of Christ like everyone says it is.


Good, but not great

There are two ways of looking at “Black Panther”: as a Marvel / big studio movie and as a social-cultural event. I’ll ignore the latter aspect in this review.

As a movie in the Marvel superhero genre, “Black Panther” is disappointing given all the hype that’s accompanied it. True, it’s got several things going for it. To be fair, the first three-quarters are pretty good . There’s a very good extended car chase sequence, which manages to be both exciting and amusing. The back story and plot line are interesting and fresh. Wakanda city is a marvel of set design, alluring and imaginative. The early action sequences are supple and make full use of the big screen and the swooping camerawork. The exterior colour photography is great (some interiors are a bit murky). There’s some fine acting from Michael Jordan as the hero’s virile , conflicted and intense brother, as well as a scene-stealing performances from Andy Serkis as a South African villain and a perky, cheerful and likeable Letitia Wright as the hero’s smart young sister. And the native African music that features on the soundtrack was tremendously appealing -a pity there wasn’t more; the rest of the music is just so-so. And most unusually for a Marvel or indeed most big-budget movies, “Black Panther” raises some substantive issues that have great resonance today: racial pride and prejudice, colonialism, refugees, and (very cleverly) the obligations of richer nations towards the world’s poor and dispossessed. Another bonus was the movie’s message urging racial and cultural inclusiveness.

So why was I ultimately disappointed in the movie? Essentially, the longer it goes on for, the more its faults and weaknesses become clear. Like all Marvel movies (except 2017’s Thor) it’s twenty minutes too long; too many scenes are redundant especially after the 100 minute mark. It’s also increasingly repetitive; a waterfall duel near the start and consequent coronation ritual are both repeated an hour later.

Anther problem is that the movie’s hero becomes rather bland and boring after an hour ; the sort of nice, decent guy you’d like to see your sister marry but rather too earnest and self-righteous. In fact, Chadwick Boseman as the villainous Killmonger, forceful, clever, resourceful, a bit of a charmer in a dangerous way, would have made a better hero. And the special effects are a strange mix of the impressive and the clumsy. In particular, the CGI and blue screen in some sequences, notably the waterfall / clifftop location, are pathetic. They resemble something out of 1970s. The shots of various skycraft moving through the sky are similarly 1970’s era.

By the two hour mark this movie starts to disintegrate. Its tome has become increasingly uncertain and desperate. A bit of James Bond here, some cultural comment there, five minutes of stunning character revelation, flashbacks, some witty backtalk as in Thor 2017. Worst of all is the final showdown on a rather too obvious CGI manufactured east African veldt. This goes on and on, not helped by staccato editing and fake looking explosions, unconvincing fighting, all interrupted by the disastrous appearance of a rampaging herd of digital rhinos enacted in metallic sheaths at which a gust of derisive laughter swept the audience around me.


Over-hyped

Just another over-hyped PC film