Deathy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Score : 8.5/10 ✅
Judas and the Black Messiah is a technical masterpiece; good cinematography, great score, fantastic cast and it managed to be informative while being entertaining, this movie checks all the boxes if you are looking for a good historical drama about Fred Hampton and the implication of Black Panther back in 1960-1970, but I have to admit that I can’t see myself watching this film again anytime soon, while it was great and well-executed, I felt something was missing and I can’t put my finger on it.
Everyone is talking about how Daniel Kaluuya was great and well it’s totally true…but my attention is focused more on LaKeith Stanfield as O’Neal, I mean wow…showing an internal struggle and self-conflicting is not an easy task and he did flawlessly and I’m glad the movie was from his point of view, totally more interesting and I was feeling like the character, on my guard all the time.
The irony here is I’m glad this movie was from O’Neal perspective because it felt different but I have a feeling this movie could have been something marvelous if Daniel Kaluuya was the main character instead of being a side character of his own story. All in all, Judah and the Black Messiah was really good and I’m glad I watched it because I had no idea of who Fred Hampton was and it’s once again another movie that couldn’t have been release at a better time. Kudos to everyone involved in this movie 👋