Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Searing and superb. The script is on fire and chock full of poetry. The soundtrack unbelievably evocative. Direction astounding. Performances beyond stupendous. My one beef is that Kaluuya has the charisma for the part - and then some - and I really admire the work he did to try to capture Hampton's voice, but I think he overworked it or something as I found him particularly hard to understand and missed a ton of his great lines (I had to read the script the next day to realize 75% of what he was saying). Everyone else delivered absolutely pitch perfect performances. Dominique Fishback is next level. LaKeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons are always marvelous storytellers. Everyone stood out in their roles, not one single part faded into the background. It's a piss off that Kaluuya and Standfield are both nominated for supporting actor though. If they're both supporting actors, who was the lead??? The unborn baby? J. Edgar Hoover? Their characters are both represented in the actual TITLE of the movie!

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