“BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER”
Overcoming palpable hesitancy, not imagining a “Black Panther” without the epochal Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020), but at the insistence of my youngest and astronomically smart friend, I went; it was every bit as superlative as described and redolently reverential to the deceased actor. Pungently powerful as the technical effects, cinematography, acting acuity, the underlying message of strength in acceptance, when severed for eternity from a loved one, overcoming demandingly impossible odds to achieve normalcy and the capability of negotiation to attain harmony; the film is empowered by the brilliance, sagacity and mettle of the feminine mystique: “Shuri” (Letitia Wright) inherits the throne; “Ramonda” (impeccable Angela Bassett); “Nakia” (flawless Lupita Nyong’o); Dominique Thorne, Danai Gurira, Mabel Cadena add spunk and backbone to this Marvel Manifold. Director Ryan Coogler and Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” gift a permanence, a lasting homage to a supernova, whose light will be everlasting.
“LARGO WINCH” (FRENCH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) (TUBI, AMAZON PRIME, APPLE TV)
Admittedly I am a “Balthazar” stalker; any role Tomer Sisley permeates he owns; as an action hero he is “shaken, not stirred”, he “makes my day”, he takes the gun and skips the “cannoli” and the “force” is always with him; he is “Largo Winch”, the adopted son of slain billionaire, “Neiro Winch” (Miki Manojlovic) slaying all the obstacles opposed to his legacy. Charismatically compelling, Sisley (does all his stunts) championing righteousness and has “vengeance in this life”, not “the next.”
THREE &1/2 STARS!!!
“LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER” (NETFLIX)
Tangibly titillating Emma Corrin (Lady Chatterley) and Jack O’Connell (Oliver Mellows) award viewers a love story to be esteemed and respected; stripped of preconceived Victorian decrees, their relationship doffs social directives and astounds as a natural, uninhibited meeting of two beautiful bodies and souls. Written by D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), published in 1928, banned because of its convention- defying modes, focusing on a woman’s sexuality, and language unbecoming of a “Lady”. It has withstood time’s testing and resonates with profundity in Netflix’s adaptation.