‘Black Panther’ action-packed, fun to watch

By Gable Pierce
Times-News correspondent


Chadwick Boseman is shown in a scene from "The Black Panther." [Marvel Studios/Disney via The Associated Press

   “The Black Panther” has brought African-American actors, heritage and culture into the spotlight.
This is the first Marvel movie to feature an African-American superhero with a predominately African-American cast.
This factor has been the inspiration of many school field trips and essays. It also has encouraged interactive dialogue which took place during a recent showing when the audience   responded with laughter and applause, as well as vocal reactions in between scenes.
Filled with action, it has the classic Marvel humor along with a cameo by comic book icon Stan Lee.
Chadwick Boseman, as T’Challa (the Black Panther), makes audiences believe that he is royalty — down to the Wakandan Accent. His archenemy, Erik Killmonger, (Michael B. Jordan)   has a score to settle and doesn’t care how many bodies he leaves in his wake.
Sterling K. Brown, whom “This Is Us” audiences will recognize as Randall, gives a powerful performance as N’Jobu.
Letitia Wright stars as Suri, The Black Panther’s sister. A technological whiz, she has a bunch of cool creations that audiences will enjoy including futuristic-looking planes and a full-size   remote-operated car.
While all of the actors are good in their roles, Winston Duke (M’Baku) provides some much-needed comic relief.
The fictional Wakanda, with its vibrant colors, is such a beautiful place that it’s a shame we can’t visit.
“The Black Panther” has broken a number of box office records and its appeal will continue for years to come. It’s a film that the whole family can enjoy — it’s worth watching again and   again.
NOTE: This film is rated PG-13 for intense action and violent scenes. Although younger children may want to attend, since it is a superhero film, they may not understand some of the   scenes.

Gable Pierce is a seventh-grader at Northeast Guilford Middle School in McLeansville and a Teens & 20s writer. Charity Apple, Accent editor and volunteer Teens & 20s adviser, contributed to this story.

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