Movie Review by Fr. Tom Condon, O.P.
I can’t remember any time in the last decade that a movie has opened with so much interest as the eagerly anticipated Black Panther. Not only has it been the subject of many media stories, but it has opened to great reviews, huge numbers at the box office, and long lines at the multiplexes. This is even more amazing for a movie opening in February, traditionally a slow month for movies.
Young director and co-writer Ryan Coogler must have felt an enormous weight taking on Black Panther. As the first African superhero, many from the entertainment industry followed every aspect of the production and were eager to see the finished product. If the movie was not a success, it would be a huge disappointment to many. As we now know, any fears about Black Panther’s success were unfounded.