Official Review for Black Panther on

  • Tobí Rachel Akingbadé

This love letter to Africa proves celebrating blackness harms no one but fragile racists. Not only does Black Panther make other Marvel movies look fairly primitive it also serves as a love letter from Hollywood to Africa – and Michael B. Jordan’s performance is one that deserves all of the praise. The latest offering from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is undeniably, unapologetically African as it centres itself around #blackexcellence, taking the popular hashtag straight from social media to the big screen. From the incredible roster of actors on hand – Chadwick Boseman, Jordan, Dania Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya – and the two token white males, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman – and the clever marketing by Disney, this has been expected for some months now. But what no trailer could prepare us for is director Ryan Coogler’s skills at perfectly weaving socio-political lessons on love, culture community, isolation, personal responsibility and identity in between some pretty dope fight scenes. Read more: