Frank’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Anywhere there’s people, there’s power.”
Shaka King should be on everyone’s radar now with a very good historical drama of Judas and the Black Messiah. Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield deliver great performances, but I was equally impressed with how beautiful the film is visually. I feel as if the cinematography appears to have a David Fincher influence. The camera seems to follow the movements of the characters and I thought I saw the use color theory in a lot of scenes. There are a lot of great things going on in this film. I like Jesse Plemons, but I wish he contributed more emotion to the film. His character just comes off as a bit bland and manipulative. It didn’t make sense to me as to why he was portrayed this way since O’Neal viewed him as role model figure. I also thought the film struggles a bit when Kaluuya wasn’t on screen because he just dominates every scene he is in. This is very good though and I look forward to seeing more of King’s work.