Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★½

Review In A Nutshell:

If I had to pinpoint that exact element that drew me into Judas and the Black Messiah, it would be in its careful navigation of telling a compelling narrative but also ensuring that its air of politics doesn't intrude within the overall experience. It manages to separate itself from, let's say, Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman, in that the characters are focused first and foremost and that our connection with them is the key to the strength that emerges from its storytelling. By the end, we really are left to judge its characters in a way that makes sense to us as morality manages to find itself slightly blurred. While the film didn't move me in such a way that would have me significantly invested in its characters long after the initial viewing, I can say with confidence that this is a story that required to be told and was done so with dramatic solidity.

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