Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★★

The rare film that feels flawless -- not from checking boxes on the cookie-cutter, Oscar checklist, but from drawing its own boxes and checking those instead.

Everything in this film feels rooted in today, from the throughline on the intersectionality of black women to the villain of institutional violence actively working to undermine just progress.

The script is a masterclass in scene structure, and director Shaka King's ability to translate the story from page to screen without losing a drop of power, heart, or thought should terrify any director working today.

Start polishing Daniel Kaluuya's Oscar right fucking now.

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