Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

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This has to be the most nuanced film about civil rights I have ever seen. That had a lot to do with the great directing showcased by Shaka King. It’s not like they have to be nuanced but this was such a breath of fresh air of making you see these historical figures in a new light. Cannot believe Fred Hampton was only 21. That was so shocking to find out. He had an insane amount of power at such a young age. That being said, Daniel Kaluuya was incredible in this, especially in the meetings scenes. He was completely electric and transformative when he was in front of the podium. Lakeith Stanfield had more of a nuanced complex role of playing a morally conflicted FBI informant, and you really felt that throughout the film. I thought he was devastating. Every scene he had with Jesse Plemons was riveting.

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