Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★½

I wonder...

If there had been more than a handful of movies released this year, would ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ still have been nominated for all those Oscars?

Maybe.

But I dare say that even though the story itself is very compelling, the movie was not. But I’m having trouble discerning exactly why that is.

I guess it boils down to feeling bored and restless though basically the entire runtime. Why though?  The actors all did serviceable jobs (however I will admit to having trouble understanding Daniel Kaluuya in a few scenes), the jazzy score was interesting...

It was something about Shaka King’s direction, or possibly the script itself that left the whole proceeding feeling a little dry to me.

An important story with some powerful scenes, but overall I didn’t find it all that engaging.

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