A film critic gave the new Marvel film “Black Panther” a negative review and blamed it on Donald Trump’s presidency.
As of Friday morning 85 critics have reviewed the film and given the movie a positive review on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Two critics have not, and one of them blamed Trump, which gave the movie a 98 percent fresh rating.
“Fourteen months into the Trump presidency, Black Panther arrives on storm-clouds of hype and with the presumption that, as the first African-set Marvel movie, it will deliver a resounding high-kick to prejudice and decades of hierarchy, racial and otherwise, in blockbuster cinema,” movie critic Ed Power wrote in the Irish Independent. “It is expected to stand for something bigger than itself.”
“The strain is visible, especially in the performance of Chadwick Boseman as Prince T’Challa–the eponymous Black Panther,” he added. “In the context of the place United States finds itself today, and where it has come from, Boseman knows he can’t wise-crack his way through the film in the fashion of, for example, Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, and the responsibility to be at all times sincere weighs on him.”
“Black Panther spirals into a stodgy tale of internecine feuding, in which T’Challa is required to come to terms with the sins of past generations.What he doesn’t get to do much of is jump around beating-up bad guys,” he continued. “That’s a shame. Marvel has finally given us an African superhero. The hope surely was that he would be allowed do superheroic things.”
“Black Panther” hits theaters February 13.