Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

“Where there’s people, there’s power.”

Typically post-scripts are a demarcation of all the story the filmmakers couldn’t figure out how to bend to the narrative they’re telling. But here? It’s integral to the film’s blunt power.

I really appreciated that this foregrounds genre and closely-observed behavior studies in the telling of this story. The people at the center of it all are never lost to us - only unfolding further as the film carries on.

It goes without saying that Kaluuya and Stanfield are two of the most exciting talents of this generation, but this film only feels like the tip of the iceberg for them and Dominique Fishback.

I cannot wait to see what Shaka does next.

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