Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

Sundance Film Festival 2021: Film 18

I gotta say that the 'I am a revolutionary' scene is one of the best single sequences I've seen in a long time!

In just one scene, we see (almost simultaneously) Fred's dedication to the cause, Deborah's worry, Bill's inner turmoil and convincing himself he's a Black Panther, and the looming threat of Roy. This scene sums up the struggles for every major character in the film and it does so with a rageful grace. I also really loved the biblical imagery of the narrative, especially in regards to Bill's similarities to Judas in the 3rd act.

Definitely give this one a watch when it comes to HBO Max in a couple weeks!

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