Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ll know that the hype around Marvel’s latest movie, Black Panther, has been HA-YUUUUUGE! When we graced your screens with everything you needed to know about Black Panther, we noted how this epic new movie follows the life of T’Challa/Black Panther – the king of the fictional country, Wakanda – as he takes his rightful place on his throne. But of course, no Marvel movie would be complete without an evil villain lurking around trying to spice things up, so T’Challa soon finds himself saving his precious land from evil forces that threaten his people’s livelihoods. As the first ever superhero movie to feature a black lead and a largely black cast, people were getting ready to obsess over this new story. However, nobody could expect the response it has so far received…
Considering this movie has only been out for three days in the United Kingdom and just one day in the United States, it’s fair to say that it’s already breaking records. In fact, it broke records before it was even released! According to Fandango, Black Panther became their fourth most popular pre-seller in terms of ticket sales – falling just behind the presale cinema tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Black Panther also became Fandango’s biggest superhero best-seller. As if that wasn’t enough, experts are expecting Black Panther to become one of the biggest box-office hits of the past few years – with many believing this super movie will take around $200 million during its four-day opening weekend. That’s kind of a big deal.
Yet, what are the critics saying about the cast, the characters, the story and the production? Well, so far it’s pretty good. With a score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, the reviews for Black Panther have been overwhelming. Here are just a few of our favorites:
[The] script adheres to the usual genre formula of tomfoolery, in-jokes, mythology and outright poppycock, but their knack for teasing emotional resonance out of standard scenarios gives them the edge over predecessors and competitors alike. – Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman.
Black Panther is one of the best superhero movies of the century. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
May Marvel learn its lesson from ‘Black Panther:’ When a movie like this ends up feeling both personal and vital, you’ve done something right. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Chadwick Boseman commands every moment of this film, radiating probity and purpose, and it’s only later on that you realize that, with another actor, this wouldn’t have been a sure thing. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
I mean, you don’t get much better than that, do you?! Have you see Black Panther? Do you agree with the critics? Let us know in the comments…