Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

This month in movies about topics that your high schools did not teach you about, hardly mentioned, and then more or less tried to pretend like it never happened, we have an incredibly powerful and important movie about Fred Hampton and the United States’ attempts to once again marginalize those that are not white, male, Christian businessmen. Brought to you by Hollywood, “we’ve learned that we can make a profit and reap rewards by making films about a group of people that we helped repress for decades!”

Cynicism aside Judas and the Black Messiah was a pretty great biopic with an incredible story that suffers from a fairly conventional and somewhat dry presentation. There was a weird lack of energy throughout the movie, it just felt like every standard biopic that Hollywood makes with the hopes that they can win some awards. That said, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield are really damn great and help elevate the movie quite a bit. In a lot of ways, Judas and the Black Messiah is a really good movie. But on the other hand, I can’t help but feel like there's a better movie in here somewhere.

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