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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Panther: A Review

It would be impossible for Black Panther to live up to the hype, but as comic book movies go it is solid. Chadwick Boseman as Prince T'Challa does a great job in the title role as the Black Panther (Boseman has been excellent in everything I have seen him in, especially in 42 and Marshall).  However, the movie almost gets stolen by Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger.

Yes, it is a comic book movie, trying to show how "woke" Hollywood is. Well, Hollywood would have made Black Panther twenty years ago if that was the case (see the Wesley Snipes' Variety interview below). Fortunately it is more comic book than woke, so the film works.

The women of Black Panther have great roles. I did a post already for Lupita Nyong'o, who is excellent.  I especially liked Danai Gurira as General Okoye and Letitia Wright as Shuri (as T'Challa). Angela Bassett does a fine job playing Prince T'Challa's mother.

While there is a jab about building bridges rather than walls (who could that be referring to) and some anti American nonsense about what our special forces do (you will know it if you go see it--although if you want an alternative villain, there is always Altered Carbon's UN Protectorate bad guys for a change of pace), overall I still liked the film. Interesting, however, that Wakanda does not let refugees in and strictly controls its own borders.

Without giving it all away, I was a bit disappointed with the design of Wakanda's main city. It looked like any modern city, but heavy on Rainforest Cafe and Disney hotel architectural  kitsch with some African baskets and graffiti tagging thrown in. I am not criticizing all the set work (some of it was excellent) but the goofy stuff unfortunately sticks out in comparison.

EBL: Lupita Wyong'o

Twitchy: Can you be too woke?

American Thinker: Black Panther, White Suckers

Variety: Wesley Snipes on his prior attempt to make Black Panther

Rotten Tomatoes: Critics rated Black Panther at 97%, audiences scored it around 76%

Left to Right: Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett  

Letitia Wright

Dania Gurira, from Michonne to General Okoye

Angela Bassett

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Hogewash: Enceladus

Lem's Levity: Beauty Matters

The Right Way: Link-O-Rama!

Woodsterman: All About The Bass

Animal Magnetism: Gingermageddon

90 Miles from Tyranny: Girls with Guns

The Feral Irishman: Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Political Clown Parade: CNN, Dead Network Walking

Hot Air: Black Panther review and A defining moment?

American Power Blog: Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

TOM: Advanced Gender Stereotypes and Transgenderism 'Equality'

Proof Positive: Best of the Web and Friday Night Babe Deborah Ann Woll

Diogenes' Middle Finger: The Planetarium's Gift Shop Manager Weighs In

Goodstuffs' St. Patrick Celebration (its never too early) and Elizabeth Hurley 215th

A View From The Beach: Anne Althouse Ain't Buying It and Caroline Kelley Rule 5

Pirate's Cove: Sorta Blogless PinupIf all you see is this, or this, or this, or this, or this...

AoSHQ: Dear Lindsay Vonn... and If the state can lie to us, why can't we lie to the state?

Instapundit: Black Panther's home country is practically Alt-Right Africa, Can white kids dress up like Black Panther characters?, Jim TreacherThere is no conspiracy against Black PantherNetflix's Altered Carbon released10 greatest science fiction detective novels

A collection of sites known for appreciation of Rule 5 and attractive comic book movie actresses:

Dust bury
Theo Spark
Daily Gator
Pirate's Cove
Proof Positive
The Right Way
MissK's World...
American Power
Guns and Bikinis
Raconteur Report
Angrymikes hood
The Last Tradition
Adrienne's Corner
The Feral Irishman
Camp of the Saints
Animal Magnatism
Maggie's Notebook
The Classic Liberal
The Rio Norte Line
Randy's Roundtable
A Nod To The Gods
Political Clown Parade
24 Femmes Per Second
The Vulgar Curmudgeon
A View From The Beach
Diogenes' Middle Finger
Your Crazy Uncle Bubba
Old Retired Petty Officer
Ninety Miles From Tyranny
Knuckledraggin My Life Away
In a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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