The Passionate Politics of “Black Panther”

 at The New Yorker writes a review of Black Panther

What’s remarkable about “Black Panther” is not just that the very act of making a high-budget franchise superhero film with a cast of mainly black actors is so woefully exceptional. It’s that, despite the technical requirements of a superhero film (and, no doubt, despite the supervision of Disney’s producers), the director, Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole, has made a movie that’s both personal and audacious. “Black Panther” fuses the imaginary realm of Marvel characters with world history, contemporary politics, and specifically the experience of black people in the United States. Many Marvel releases reflect American political turmoil of the moment, but this film’s confrontations with the agonies of the day are unusually complex and resonant.

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