BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER REVIEW

Movie Info

Rating: PG-13 (Sequences of Strong Violence | Action | Some Language)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Original Language: English
Director: Ryan Coogler
Producer: Kevin Feige, Nate Moore
Writer: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Release Date (Theaters): Nov 11, 2022 Wide
Box Office (Gross USA): $181.3M
Runtime: 2h 41m
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
View the collection: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Critic Reviews For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Rating: 2.5/5 | Review by: Adam Kempenaar | Site: Filmspotting

The MCU’s mechanics are too oppressive to allow for true mournful meditation. Full Review

Rating: 3/4 | Review by: Katie Walsh | Site: wenatcheeworld.com

Considering the challenges facing “Wakanda Forever,” Coogler pulls off an incredible feat, despite some story stumbles, creating a superhero film that is emotionally affecting, politically and culturally urgent, and that pays loving tribute not just to T’Challa but Chadwick Boseman too. While Namor just about steals the show, this sequel is all about Shuri, and Letitia Wright carries the mantle of Wakanda’s legacy beautifully. Full Review

Rating: 3/4 | Review by: Odie Henderson | Site: bostonglobe.com

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” opens with a prayer. We hear it before an image appears onscreen, and recognize it’s the voice of Shuri (Letitia Wright), sister of T’Challa, a.k.a. the Black Panther. She scrambles through her lab in search of a solution to her latest problem. As she hastily questions Griot, the Artificial Intelligence she created, we realize her mission is to save her brother’s life. Her attempt ends when their mother, Ramonda, enters the lab. “Your brother is with the ancestors,” she says with the solemn grace only Angela Bassett can bring to a line reading. Full Review

Rating: 3.5/4 | Review by: Ty Burr | Site: tyburrswatchlist.substack.com

Can you have a superhero movie without the superhero? That’s the question that sounds throughout “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/4, in theaters), and its echoes bounce off everything: characters, actors, the audience. Other Marvel movies have dealt with loss – the last two “Avengers” installments killed off half the universe, for Pete’s sake – but for the first time the grief feels real because it is real. The film opens with the offscreen death of King T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, from an unspecified illness, then leads into an epic funeral sequence, masses of Wakandan men and women mourning their leader in a widescreen pageant of song and dance while a mural of the king, played by the late Chadwick Boseman (above), glares royally down from a wall. Boseman died in August 2020, two years after the original “Black Panther” vaulted him to superstardom; the colon cancer that killed him at 43 had been kept from the public since being diagnosed in 2016. The actor – talented, handsome, intensely appealing – had a wide-open career ahead of him that was confirmed by his final, Oscar-nominated performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The suddenness with which he was taken seemed unusually cruel. Full Review

Rating: 3/5 | Review by: Jake Wilson | Site: theage.com.au

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther movies may or may not be the best of the Marvel blockbusters, but they’re among the most politically interesting. There’s something provocative in the whole conception of Wakanda, the Shangri-La of southern Africa, the most powerful nation on earth but also a fairy-tale kingdom with a culture that has lasted for millennia. Full Review

Rating: B+ | Review by: Caroline Siede | Site: fox10phoenix.com

“Wakanda Forever” doesn’t shy away from how such a tragic, frustrating circumstance reframes Shuri’s worldview, placing her in a headspace of guilt and resentment, which she attempts to bury behind endless hours in her high-tech lab. Full Review

Rating: 5/5 | Review by: Thelma M. Adams | Site: aarp.org

From the start, there is an elegiac tone, a strong sense of family ties rooted in the past, and a determination, however hard, to move forward — and, damn it, still entertain. Full Review

Rating: 3/5 | Review by: CHEYENNE BUNSIE | Site: lwlies.com

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – writer/director Ryan Coogler’s heartfelt and thematically ambitious follow-up to his critically and commercially adored original. Full Review

Rating: 3.5/5 | Review by: Wenlei Ma | Site: news.com.au

Wakanda Forever is for every fan, for every kid who saw Boseman as a hero, and it’s also for everyone who has ever lost someone important to them and struggled to comprehend how the world keeps existing without them. Full Review

Rating: 3/5 | Review by: Kevin Maher | Site: thetimes.co.uk

Everyone on screen is grieving. Every narrative tendril is implicated in grief, from historical colonialism to environmental exploitation to political repression. The dramatis personae are wounded, broken and resentful. And we know why. Full Review

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