Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

“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, what a triumph of a film. I knew what was coming at the end but I still felt distraught and frustrated at the outcome, which shows just how well made this is.

From a technical standpoint it’s not anything new or extraordinary but it achieves so much in how well it tells the story of Fred Hampton and Bill O’Neal, which is what the aim of the film is at the end of the day. Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Steinfeld are both outstanding in this, with the former giving arguably his strongest performance yet. He’s got to win the Oscar imo, his performance is remarkable and he deserves it so much. The script, cinematography and score are all really strong too but this is definitely a film that benefits the most from its perfomances, the acting is some of the best I’ve ever seen before

Two scenes in particular were amazing to me. The first being the close up shot of Deborah Johnson whilst Fred is being killed in the background, that was truly haunting and I won’t ever be able to forget it. The second is the accumulation of small clips at the end of the film that really brings the message home and puts everything into perspective. This a film that everyone should see, even if you think you know the whole story. I just wish I got to watch this on the big screen 💔

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