Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

I think the biggest thing is that this doesn't feel sanitized, it's not some hack cashing in on (perpetually) current events. It feels just as confrontational and angry as you'd expect from someone that cares.

That said, it doesn't sacrifice a film experience to tell an important story or a dry biopic, this is electric. Outside of a few drag spots, this movie has an incredible flow and electricity on all fronts. Shaka King's direction is stellar, the cinematography and blocking choices can be really striking. And then, of course, you've got Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield absolutely crushing it. They're both always good, and I'm thrilled at the careers they're building up, but Kaluuya in particular outdoes himself here.

I didn't learn a single word about the Civil Rights Movement in school: no Black Panthers, no MLK, no John Lewis, not even Harvey Milk. I don't think it should be a possibility for someone to learn about these things from movies, and it shouldn't be information that growing minds have to seek out on their own time. We learn about WWII ad nauseum, but I bet a vast majority of school curriculums are hush hush about this stuff that is inarguably much more immediately important and relevant. I think I understand the argument about black history month being an insulting limitation to some the more I think about it. Thanks for indulging the rant here, or congrats on skipping it which would honestly be just as fair. Movie good

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