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Reviews of ‘Black Panther’ are in; check out what critics, fans think

Reviews of 'Black Panther' are in; check out what critics, fans think
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LOS ANGELES – In what is undoubtedly one of the most eagerly anticipated movie premieres in the history of Marvel movies, and arguably in modern Hollywood history, the cast and crew of Black Panther joined A-list celebrities and fans for the first viewing of the nearly all-Black film at the Dolby Theater in the City of Angels.


Early reactions from Black Panther have been effusive and will most certainly ratchet up the excitement a couple of more notches for urbanites to see the film on its Feb. 16 release date.


The press and social media have been furiously busy gathering the early responses to director Ryan Coogler’s film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, as well as Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright.

The reviews for Black Panther were overwhelmingly positive from the throng who got in to the exclusive event, with critics and fans praising the performances, the story, the costumes, the direction and the cinematic realization of the African kingdom of Wakanda.


Natasha Alford, an editor at The Grio, said the film will make a generation of kids growing up seeing superheroes who look like them, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The Los Angeles Times‘ Tre’vell Anderson called Black Panther a “love letter about Blackness.”

ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, a former staffer at Forbes and RogerEbert.com, said Wright’s Shuri and Gurira’s Okoye were “important and necessary portraits of black women not seen in superhero movies before,” according to THR.

Some of the reviewers on hand also lauded Coogler’s ability to juggle multiple thorny issues such as identity and imperialism. And that’s just the beginning of the praise for Black Panther. Check out a sampling from the audience in attendance at last night’s exclusive red carpet premiere:

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