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Generally in comic movie adaptations the story is incredibly superficial but with Black Panther Marvel has bucked that trend by inserting an anti-racism theme, which only heightens the films appeal.

Black Panther takes place shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War and sees prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) return home to Wakanda following the death of his father in order to ascend to the throne and become the next Black Panther. Unbeknownst to T’Challa though he has a rival to the throne, Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens (Michael B. Jordan), which sets in motion an action packed power struggle.

The intriguing part of this entire power struggle though arises from the vastly different upbringings and thus perspectives on oppression, race relations and social justice T’challa and Killmonger have.

The pairing of Ludwig Göransson and Kendrick Lamar to produce the score and soundtrack is a masterstroke, as they capture the themes and emotions of the film perfectly in the music.

Ultimately Black Panther delivers on all fronts. For those wanting a simple blockbuster action flick you will not be disappointed but for those wanting more depth to their cinema experience the film also has that for you to explore and discuss afterwards.

★★★★