Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

Less a Fred Hampton biopic and more of a look back at how corrupt the justice system was and still is and the war the FBI brought on the Black Panther party in the 1960's. "Judas and the Black Messiah" is hard hitting, timely as hell and angering with tremendous performances from Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield.

Kaluuya is worthy of every bit of praise he's received and delivers the best performance of his career in a role that's far less showy than the trailers suggest. Honestly Lakeith Stanfield impressed me the most here continuing to show how much range he has as an actor and the scenes he shares with Kaluuya are among the best of the film. Jesse Plemons is terrific as usual and Dominique Fishback adds a lot of warmth and shares some really nice scenes with Kaluuya.

My one issue with this one is that it should've been longer. I appreciate that it throws you right into this story but it moves a little quick at first and sacrifices some character development because of it. That aside though this a gorgeously shot and scored film that couldn't have been released at a more relevant time. It's not an easy watch but it's one that demands to be seen and the haunting final moments will linger with you long after the credits role.

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