Jakob Mathews’s review published on Letterboxd:
HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH
This is absolutely what I need and expect from a biopic/historical recount. One of the most important movements in American history recounted with such devastation, anger, and such a specific amount of control that is honestly chilling. I fucking loved this so much and it’s thoroughly investing and equally accessible without losing a single bit of urgency and focus on the message and depiction of the Black Panthers and their movement. It’s guided by an incredible directorial effort from Shaka King and an insanely phenomenal cast lead by the always captivating and amazing Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, and Jesse Plemons (Kaluuya and Stanfield are next level however, some of the best performances I’ve seen in the past year easily).
I can’t stress how important and necessary this film is, absolutely meticulous on every single level. Comes out on HBO Max on February 12th; please seek this one out, it’s fucking great (holding out on the 4.5 until rewatch, but I’m pretty certain where it’s heading).