Parents' Guide to

Black Panther

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Masterful Marvel film has depth, diversity -- and violence.

Movie PG-13 2018 134 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 155 parent reviews

age 17+

Another movie with Black themes but lots of swearing to teach kids! Stop teaching our kids to swear and call women b*tches.

I like this movie but its a shame its another movie that can be up lifting for Black youth but has swearing, disrespecting women, and Black on Black fighting. These two views of Black life also which is a problem in our community. Those not affected by racism and discrimination and those who are. The one with trauma was bitter and lacked empathy he wanted revenge and grew up with out a father. Black panther grew up with a father, did not experience racism and discrimination, and had a community around him with the same status. He was able to grow and achieve greatness. There isn't much swearing in Captain America. No women was called the B*tch in Iron Man or Captain America or The Hulk. It's crazy how they let this happen. I also believe Marvel knew Chadwick was sick. Recast Black Panther.

This title has:

Too much swearing
5 people found this helpful.
age 11+

black super hero

amazing movie very heart warming I loved the black african super hero vibe my 10 year old son absulutly loved it

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (155):
Kids say (302):

Ryan Coogler's masterful superhero drama is unlike any other, featuring outstanding acting, breathtaking art direction, fascinating royal intrigue, memorable action sequences, and surprising depth. It's that depth -- of character, of storyline, of relevancy -- that makes Black Panther shine, as Boseman's T'Challa takes the mantle of king with enormous uncertainty about whether to share Wakanda's resources with the world. With the exception of his second-in-command W'Kabi (Kaluuya), T'Challa surrounds himself with an inner circle of influential women: Okoye, Nakia, his mother (Bassett), and his genius younger sister, scientist/tech inventor Shuri (Letitia Wright). Each of them contributes much to the story, with Gurira's spear-wielding Okoye the movie's clear scene-stealer, Wright the clever comic relief, and Nyong'o offering a wee bit of romance. Even the central villain, as played by frequent Coogler collaborator Jordan, is well-rounded and humanized, with the actor doing great work opposite the equally nuanced Boseman.

There's so much to appreciate in Black Panther, from its pulsing score, which features a soundtrack overseen by award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, to the mesmerizing cinematography courtesy of DP Rachel Morrison, gorgeous tribal costumes, and vibrant production design. There's not as much laugh-aloud banter as viewers may have come to expect from Marvel movies, but the beats of humor that are here, usually thanks to plucky Shuri or mountain-tribe leader M'Baku (Winston Duke), are extra funny. Ultimately the film's success comes down to the thoughtful, compelling storytelling from director Coogler and writer Joe Robert Cole, as interpreted by a terrific cast of actors. This isn't just another highly entertaining but formulaic superhero story; it's also poignant and powerful and earns its place toward the top of Marvel's films. (Be sure to watch all the way through the credits for a couple of extra tidbits!)

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