Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah

Sundance #40

You can murder a revolutionary but you can’t murder a revolution. 

So many thoughts that I’m struggling to piece them into something coherent. Just entirely did it’s job at captivating me from the get-go and then leaving me absolutely shaken by its power and tragedy by the end. Everyone is doing fantastic work here, but Daniel Kaluuya is steadily becoming one of the best actors working today. He has such a magnetic presence and power to him, and he was so clearly perfect to play Fred Hampton. He makes the already rich speeches and ideologies come out so powerfully for the audience. 

Not sure what to say that hasn’t already been said. So angry, relevant, and absolutely fantastic. At every turn it could’ve treaded in familiar biopic territory but always refrains from it and tells a larger, deeper, and much more thematically rich one. It gets to the roots of Fred’s values and preachings opposed to making a film that just jumps from event to event. The power of film is a beautiful thing, and I’m so happy we got one of this power to tell such a long overdue story. Absolutely magnificent stuff. I hope it makes big waves.

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