Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) was suitably regal and powerful, but I cared far less about his fate than Okoye and Shuri’s. Similarly, Michael B Jordan‘s portrayal of villain Erik Killmonger/N’Jadaka, the abandoned child turned black-ops-trained anarchist, left me unconvinced. Don’t get me wrong: both Boseman and Jordan delivered fine performances, but their characters, especially Killmonger’s, felt less than well-rounded within the scope of the movie.
Compared to Killmonger, black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue is a stand-out maniacal villain, played by Andy Serkis (aka Gollum). One small niggle: I can’t deny it bothered me to have the actors that played Gollum and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) facing off. The Hobbit connection was too strong in my mind, and Martin Freeman’s acting style does not differ whether he’s portraying Bilbo, Dr John Watson (Sherlock) or here as CIA agent Everett Ross.
Black Panther has to be viewed on the big screen to fully appreciate its awesomeness, but I anticipate it will be in cinemas for quite some time.
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