Alyssa’s review published on Letterboxd:
You know those movies that leave such an impact on you that you just have to sit for a while, take a few deep breaths and collect yourself? This is one of those.
This film is phenomenal from every point of view - filmmaking, performance and story - and I’m so happy to see it nominated for Best Picture. It is intense, captivating, infuriating, but most of all powerful. So interesting to learn more about the history of the Black Panthers and Fred Hampton, and Daniel Kaluuya is just outstanding. He deserves every award he’s won so far for the role, and the Oscar for sure. Also so happy LaKeith is nominated too - he’s had so many great roles and I’m thrilled that he’s getting recognised for this. The story is really well done and quite unique for a biopic, not just focusing on Hampton but LaKeith’s FBI informant too, which adds lots of layers and tension to the narrative.
I think this is a must watch for everyone. Not only is it a necessary history lesson, but one that unfortunately ties into today’s racial climate and makes it more important than ever. I know it’s only early days but this is definitely the best 2021 release so far.