Benjamin Green’s review published on Letterboxd:
It takes a thief to catch a thief
First time watch: October 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah is the 2021 biographical drama directed by Shaka King. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons and Martin Sheen in the true story of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party who was betrayed by an FBI informant.
As with many recent films of this nature the overwhelming feeling as the credits roll is anger. Anger at history but also that in 2021 racism still exists. The fact that a film can conjure such a strong emotive response is a testament to the screenplay, acting performances and production of this powerfully raw true story.
I love that film can be a tool of education. I know that 'artistic licence' is often applied for the dramatisation of events but aslong as you accept some historical inaccuracies storytelling like Judas and the Black Messiah can teach and move people at the same time. The devastating conclusion should touch audiences emotionally, this is a memorable experience that should not be forgotten. Intelligently written there is substance to this work with alot of thought given to the representation of real people and their trauma.
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