Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Saint Maud lost its spot as my favorite film of 2021 in record time.

If you feel safe with seeing Judas and the Black Messiah in theaters, then take it. The icy weather prevented me from going out but a film with such radical politics deserves to be celebrated from a box-office-earnings point of view.

This beautifully titled film is nothing short of a banger. This tells a brutal story that’s mostly left off the history books, and tells it with such energy and fire that it’s impossible to ignore.

Shaka King is a star in the making. He’s not only great at making a film look gorgeous but also directing visceral action sequences. And while LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya have already made names for themselves, they both cement their status as two of the best actors in the field.

This is the movie I think deserves to be lifted up during awards season. This film is a triumph.

The one thing about this film that does irk me is the fact that I believe this story would hold more power if the main actors were the same age as their real-life counterparts. As incredible as Stanfield and Kaluuya are, if two young actors gave similarly powerful performances, this film would have been even more significant.