Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

In all of my covid-home-theater experiences, new releases or old, none have come close to replicating a real theater experience like JATBM was able to. When the credits rolled my girlfriend and I sat there bawling, unable to string any words together other than “wow”. In that moment we weren’t alone at home, we were in a theater with fifty, a hundred, a thousand other people who shared this experience, in the struggle and the love and the tragedy together. There is no amount of education that will fully encompass the breadth of horror America’s present is built upon. There is no depth to which our government and the powerful have sunk in order to erase conflict and put justice to sleep. I fear the extent to which privileged America doesn’t realize how little it knows (I myself have only recently begun to appreciate the sheer enormity and have a very long way to go), however I am optimistic that artists like Shaka King and Ryan Coogler and countless others can continue to make cracks in that foundation.

Every single performance in this film was brilliant and mesmerizing, every word and every look poetic and saturated with humanity. I will be thinking about this for a very long time.

Added to Moves You Must See, Best Pictures, Distinct Color Palette, 2021 Ranked

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