Black Panther is coming out soon. We at Guacamoley are confident that you know this.
Early reviews are basically strings of exclamation points. The costumes look so rad that some critics are forecasting Marvel Studios' first Oscar win. Folks are hugging the poster. It's going to be a pop culture phenomenon.
The exceptionally good Paddington 2 locked down a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes this year, and Black Panther was on track to do the same. That is, until the aptly-named Ed Power of the Irish Independent gave the movie its first and only negative review.
Now, it's understandable that critics differ in their opinions. That's the point of critique — we need perspective, and a rich portfolio of different perspectives offers the most benefit to the world. Mr. Power's distaste for the film isn't a crime. His rationale, however, is suuuper questionable: not enough bad guy punching.
Power actually wrote in a review:
What he doesn't get to do much of is jump around beating up bad guys. That's a shame. Marvel has finally given us an African superhero. The hope surely was that he would be allowed do superheroic things.
People are so not on board:
It’s clear this “critic” would have given a negative review for just about anything. It was a choice between “doesn’t beat up enough bad guys” or “didn’t like the font used for the credits”— Gabrielle Gozo (@gabriellegozo) February 9, 2018
The guy that gave Black Panther a rotten review says and I quote: "What he doesn't get to do much of is jump around beating-up bad guys.". This guy said "jump around beating up bad guys" in a review. Is he 12? THIS is why he gave it a rotten review? SMGDH.— Black Panther Drops In 7 Days #DYECB (@TASKvsTheWorld) February 7, 2018
Barring this fella, the movie is getting overwhelming praise precisely because it departs from the Marvel formula. Critics are using phrases like "socially powerful" and words like "important" and "revolutionary." But Ed Power? "Bad guys." Ed, Ed, Ed. He may have put the Irish Independent on the global map, but at what cost?
We don't often see reviews of other people's reviews, but Mashable was so incensed they wrote a response, which is worth quoting: