abby bee benson’s review published on Letterboxd:
"you can murder a liberator, but you can’t murder liberation. you can murder a revolutionary, but you can’t murder revolution. and you can murder a freedom fighter, but you can’t murder freedom!"
wow... just wow.... this will resonate to a lot of people and for a good reason. judas and the black messiah tells the story of william o' neal as he undercovers for the fbi to infiltrate the black panther, lead by fred hampton. shaka king's sophomore film about the black community in 1960s chicago is powerful and well-crafted. it kept me interested all throughout by not breaking any momentum and with only few bumps along the road. the themes of betrayal, injustice and revolution worked so well in this film. daniel kaluuya and lakeith stanfield shined in their roles. their performances are worthy enough to compete in the awards season. the supporting cast blend so well with the leads' performances. overall, the film is an impactful piece of art that deserves to be seen by all. it is just so nice to see stories like these are getting told by black voices today, with steve mcqueen's small axe and regina king's one night in miami. i hope their voices will be echoed more in the future.