Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

People have been speaking of Judas and the Black Messiah as more of an important film about race and a unique biopic about Fred Hampton. While it is both of those things, I would like to highlight that this is a really good spy/noir thriller. It is clear that King is a big fan of Chinatown and The Departed. I find it interesting that this is a genre film hidden underneath a film about race when it's usually the topic that takes the backseat. I often prefer and find that movies that keep the topics being covered subtle to work better, but I would be lying to say this film doesn't work.

Side Notes:
With this rewatch I understand the cinematography nominatiom more, but I still think Shaka King should've been nominated for director over Emerald Fennel for Promising Young Woman.

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