Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

Judas and the Black Messiah already tells you everything you need to know about it from its title: it's a fitting metaphor to describe what Bill O'Neal had felt like as he took part in the activities of the Black Panther Party and got closer to Fred Hampton in the process. And for every moment you're seeing Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton, he's really giving Judas and the Black Messiah everything that he can - and above all, it never feels like it's sanitizing exactly what it was that Hampton had stood for all his undeservedly short life.

But there's also something that seems missing from this film for me, and it lies within how I'm not entirely sure it's told from the right point of view. With Hampton obviously being the film's point of interest, it seems to stall a bit more whenever you're reminded that it's narrated by Bill O'Neal; who's not nearly as powerful a force as Hampton's story is. That's not to say LaKeith Stanfield is bad, though I can't help but feel it just didn't feel like it was in the right spots as it centered around him.

I still think that this film deserves a watch as it stands right now, but there's a certain point of view that just feels missing from it - and unfortunately, keeps me from loving it as much as I want to.

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