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Kevin Falk: Black Panther (10/10)
Headlined by a career-defining performance from Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther retains all of the elements that have made Marvel incredibly successful throughout the years and elevates it to new heights. While this is indeed a Marvel film that is the last necessary building block for the MCU this otherwise almost completely stands out on its own telling an epic grandiose story of corruption, greed power, vengeance and above all loyalty. It also includes one of its strongest villains yet and some of the best action within the entire MCU so far as well as a truly game-changing twist that took this from being a great stand alone to one of the best films Marvel has ever given us. Overall Black Panther is everything that I really wanted it to be and is an entry that is so strong that I can’t really find anything that truly hindered my overall enjoyment of this masterful film. This is truly a huge stepping stone for Marvel that further demonstrates why they are one of the best companies working today that has and hopefully will continue to amaze me for many years to come.
Nick Canino: Black Panther (10/10)
Black Panther marks this as being one of the greatest superhero films I’ve seen since it not only does the movie offer some tour-de-force performances by Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o, but this is also one of the most mesmerizing, entertaining, and exhilarating experiences I’ve had at the movies this year so far, and it also proves that Ryan Coogler is one of the best filmmakers working today.
Nile Fortner: Black Panther (9.5/10)
Black Panther is off the charts, it’s off the hook, it’s off the heezy, and it’s off the chain! I really enjoyed seeing this movie with my family. I love the attention to African style, history, the culture, and fashion. I like Chadwick Boseman as the lead character, however, I believe Michael B. Jordan is the real standout in the film. Jordan’s character is now my favorite of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) villains (sorry Loki). Jordan gives one of his best performances and I have not seen a villain this good in years, probably since Ledger in ‘The Dark Knight’. I love seeing Marvel switch up the comic book genre and I believe this movie can be enjoyed by everybody. Ryan Coogler continues to impress me, and I can’t wait for his next film and the next MCU movie. I can’t wait to see this again. Wakanda Forever!
Tony Estrada: Black Panther (7/10)
It’s not one of my favorites in the MCU but it is a solid feature that I can safely say satisfied me. It’s a breath of fresh air for the MCU that fully embraces its culture and it even manages to make me interested in its politics which is normally tough to do considering I’m not into politics. Ryan Coogler does an impressive job directing the film, most of the action sequences are exciting, most of the cinematography looks gorgeous, Chadwick Boseman is great as T’Challla/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan did a splendid job as Killmonger (one of the best MCU villains hands down), the performances for the supporting characters were well done, and the score/soundtrack is very memorable. There are some issues I had with the film such as some of the cinematography not looking as good as it could’ve been due to the poor lighting, some of the quick cuts in the action scenes were distracting, the movie can drag a little at points and I do think cutting off 15 minutes could’ve made the pacing move a little more faster (some scenes felt a little rushed too), where the film decides to take its story can be predictable, and some of the green screen was REALLY noticeable. Overall, Black Panther is a solid feature that brings new life to the MCU and it’s really refreshing to get a superhero movie like this where it celebrates family and culture — our hero isn’t just a hero but he is a king and how he had to come to terms with that was interesting.
Mark Krawczyk: Black Panther (10/10)
Hells yes! This is my most anticipated super hero film of the year. I honestly have no excitement for Infinity War but for this film I was very excited for. It did not disappoint. It was a solid film all the way around. The performances by all involved were top notch. I loved the strength and vulnerability that Chadwick Boseman brought to the Black Panther. Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger was an interesting villain, more so than some of the previous MCU villains. The production design is an amazing mix of tradition and modern technology. I have seen it twice and it was even better the second viewing. Some of the CGI was a bit spotty in the final action scenes but other than that, this is the film I was hoping for. The best super hero films make you forget you are watching a super hero film and this one does just that.
The score for this film is one of the best to come out of the MCU. While many of the scores in the MCU films feel more like filler, the score in this film actually contributes to the scenes and sets the tone for them. It also lets you know it is there without being distracting. Definitely will be getting this score, and there have not been many MCU films I have said that about.
Ashley Menzel: Black Panther (9.5/10)
When examining Black Panther you can’t help but appreciate the magic of each little piece of the puzzle, but when woven together form something that is beyond compare. Music, story, characters, set and costume design, all play an integral part in this film. While watching Black Panther, you know you’re watching a cosmic shift in comic book storytelling. We’ve never seen anything so vibrant and so different from the monotony of superhero films. We are entirely transported and transformed after seeing Black Panther. Ryan Coogler takes you on a journey that couldn’t even imagine possible. Its the film you didn’t know you were missing but once you’ve seen it, can’t imagine being without.
Scott Menzel: Black Panther (9.5/10)
With Black Panther, Marvel has outdone themselves while raising the bar for all future superhero films. Black Panther has surpassed Iron Man as the best film of the MCU. Finally, a mature superhero film that doesn’t feel like a superhero film. Black Panther has officially redefined the superhero genre as we know it and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes one of the most profitable and best-reviewed superhero films of all time.
Average We Live Entertainment Gradebook Score for Black Panther: 9.4/10
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