As of yesterday, over 70 reviews from critics gave Black Panther a postive "Fresh" review.
Today now sees the first "Rotten" review for Black Panther, which comes from the Irish Independent.
"What he doesn't get to do much of is jump around beating-up bad guys. Thatâ€™s a shame. Marvel has finally given us an African superhero. The hope surely was that he would be allowed do superhoeroic things," the review states in part.
The reviewer seems to indicate that the problem with theÂ Black Panther movie is that it is caught between being a film with some sort of political message (or that it's supposed to have one because it's "Black Panther") and a film that is (or at least should be) a superhero flick. The reviewer specifically mentions that Chadwick Boseman can't crack Robert Downey Jr. jokes because of the political aspects (and the review also name-drops President Trump; the review states the movie isÂ "expected to stand for something bigger than itself," etc):
The strain is visible, especially in the performance of Chadwick Boseman as Prince Tâ€™Challa â€“ the eponymous Black Panther. In the context of the place United States finds itself today, and where it has come from, Boseman knows he canâ€™t wise-crack his way through the film in the fashion of, for example, Robert Downey Jrâ€™s Tony Stark, and the responsibility to be at all times sincere weighs on him.
While I have yet to see the Black Panther movie, if it turns out to be some sort of Disney liberal PC film (which mightÂ explainÂ the rave reviews), I'll be severely disappointed.Â I was hoping they would simply create a Black Panther superhero movie and leave all the PC garbage out of it. There's a time and place for political discussion, but it's not in comic book movies (or comics).Â Update: To clarify, sure Black Panther should have some political undertones, but if it's just a political message flick with no super hero action, that's a fail in my book.Â
That said, I'm still keeping an open mind.
Black Panther is currently a 99% Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes withÂ 80 reviews Fresh to 1 Rotten.
Black PantherÂ has a February 16, 2018 release starring Chadwick Boseman (â€śCaptain America: Civil War,â€ť â€śGet on Upâ€ť), Michael B. Jordan (â€śCreed,â€ť â€śFruitvale Stationâ€ť), Academy Award winner LupitaNyongâ€™o (â€śStar Wars: The Force Awakens,â€ť â€ś12 Years a Slaveâ€ť), Danai Gurira (â€śThe Walking Dead,â€ť upcoming â€śAll Eyez on Meâ€ť), Martin Freeman (â€śHobbitâ€ť trilogy, â€śSherlockâ€ť), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming â€śGet Out,â€ť â€śSicarioâ€ť), with Academy AwardÂ® nominee Angela Bassett (â€śAmerican Horror Story,â€ť â€śLondon Has Fallenâ€ť), with Academy AwardÂ® winner Forest Whitaker (â€śRogue One: A Star Wars Story,â€ť Lee Danielsâ€™ â€śThe Butlerâ€ť), and Andy Serkis (â€śAvengers: Age of Ultron,â€ť â€śStar Wars: The Force Awakensâ€ť). Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (â€śUrban Hymn,â€ť â€śGlasgow Girlsâ€ť), Winston Duke (â€śPerson of Interest, â€śModern Familyâ€ť), Florence Kasumba (â€śCaptain America: Civil War,â€ť â€śEmerald Cityâ€ť), Sterling K. Brown (â€śWhiskey Tango Foxtrot,â€ť â€śThe People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Storyâ€ť) and John Kani (â€śCaptain America: Civil War,â€ť â€śCoriolanusâ€ť).
Marvel Studiosâ€™Â Black PantherÂ follows Tâ€™Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, Tâ€™Challaâ€™s mettle as kingâ€”and Black Pantherâ€”is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.