Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★★

Powerful. Timely as hell. Masterful direction by Shaka King. Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield are earth-shattering. This did not feel like your standard biopic, but something more. Kaluuya commands the screen as Fred Hampton. He didn’t just play the man, he truly becomes him. Stanfield on the other hand, brings a completely different energy to his role as FBI informant William O’Neal. He brings sympathy and humanity to the role of a man who sold out his own people. You can feel the turmoil within him as he questions whether he is doing the right thing, as well as the paranoia and shame that slowly eats away. This does justice to Fred Hampton’s story, we just enter and see the story through an unexpected point of view. And for that reason this transcends the biopic genre and raises the bar for what “based on a true story” can be.

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