Black Panther (2018)
First screened in February 2018 / Most recently screened in May 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler. Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, John Kani, Denzel Whitaker, Seth Carr, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, David S. Lee, Nabiyah Be, Atandwa Kani, Ashton Tyler, Connie Chiume, Isaach De Bankolé, Francesa Faridany, Sebastian Stan, Stan Lee. Screenplay: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole (based on the comic series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby).

Twitter Capsule: Exhilarating blend of action and thought. Some Marvel limitations persist but a tinted-glass ceiling gets shattered.

Second Capsule: So ambitious, accomplished, and poignant in many respects, even if lighting, effects, action sequences get bumpy.

VOR:   Wrenches the Marvelverse into social relevance and worthy debates. Tensions between African and diasporic blackness, refitted as blockbuster material!

Photo © 2018 Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Jay Hart
Best Costume Design: Ruth E. Carter
Best Sound Mixing: Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, and Peter J. Devlin
Best Sound Editing: Benjamin Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
Best Original Score: Ludwig Göransson
Best Original Song: "All the Stars"

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Original Score: Ludwig Göransson
Best Original Song: "All the Stars"

Other Awards:
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Ensemble Cast; Best Stunt Ensemble
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Production Design (Beachler)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Visual Effects (Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack, and Daniel Sudick)

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