Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

A powerful, tragic true story about a man who I knew nothing about but now profoundly respect, and a painfully still relevant one. Sean Bobbit's cinematography combined with the production design is sublime. This feels very much of its era. It's not a perfectly smooth film and tends to lack momentum at times when it could really use some, but Shaka King does tremendous work, especially in how he captures the small moments of Hampton's life in-between explosive speeches and community organizing. The cast is fantastic from top to bottom, led by the two incredible performances by Kaluuya and Stanfield. Seriously, they are both soooooooo good, and Dominique Fishback is every bit their equal in a smaller but emotionally moving role as Fred Hampton's fiancée. I love the performances in this so much but also can understand there some authenticity sacrificed because the two men don't accurately give off the vibe of what it must have been like for a 21-year old Hampton and teenage O'Neal to have been in the positions they were.

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