Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

by all means, this is a war film. battles are fought over power, over command of the underclass, through a reserved sense of violence. this rhetoric is repeated itself through the words of kaluuya's fred hampton. his portrayal is expectedly strong, as is lakieth stanfield's bill o'neal. the characterization is admittedly pretty bland for the latter; the film is at its best when looking at the heroic actions of hampton and at its worst when focusing on o'neal's escapades as an informant. more than anything, i'm just glad fred hampton wasn't whitewashed or neutralised for this. his socialist positions are referenced at multiple points, and even if they aren't explored in full detail, are shown as a force for real change.

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