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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 12–14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 14||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Black Panther: Wakanda Forever|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The King of Wakanda, T’Challa, has died and Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) ascends to power. Wakanda is the only known source of the highly prized mineral ‘vibranium’, which is used in weapons of mass destruction. As such, Wakanda is the most powerful nation on Earth. Members of the UN try to persuade the Queen to share the precious mineral but she refuses. This makes Wakanda an enemy of other powerful nations such as the US. However, a new threat comes from an underwater colony, Talokan, and its leader, Namor (Tamech Huerta). The Talokanil are mutant descendants of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexicans, who live and breathe underwater and who also have access to vibranium. Namor is the only Talokanil who can breathe above water, and he also has winged feet and other super powers. Namor intends to rule the world with his powers and wants Wakanda to join him. Queen Ramonda has no intention of joining in a war against the ‘surface people’.
Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright), the king’s sister, is highly intelligent and uses her advanced knowledge of technology to help develop weapons in the defence of Wakanda. Together with the head of the Army, Okoya (Danai Gurira), they travel to the US to find a scientist who has created a machine that detects vibranium. The scientist, however, turns out to be a 19-year-old university student, Riri (Dominque Thorne), who is wanted by Namor. As the threats to Wakanda grow, the need for a new ‘Black Panther’ becomes pressing. It is now up to Shuri to take on the role occupied by her beloved older brother and to defend her nation of Wakanda.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
War; Fantasy violence; Superheroes.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is a lot of stylised violence in this movie, including fighting with swords and weapons, automatic rifles, characters being thrown, plane and vehicle crashes, but no blood and gore. Some examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a sequel to Marvel’s original Black Panther movie. In 3D, it is visually stunning with diverse landscapes and characters. At 161 minutes, the film is dragged out and overly long and the plot is rather clichéd and trite, however, it is likely to appeal to teens and Marvel fans. Due to the violence and scary scenes, this film is not suitable for children under 12 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 12-14.
The main messages from this movie are that vengeance should not consume you; and that those with power should use it wisely.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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