Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

It takes about five minutes to realize Judas and the Black Messiah is the introduction of a filmmaker who will be here for many years to come. Shaka King has a keen eye (cinematographer Sean Bobbit is doing typically great work, here) and the way the film flips from tragedy to angry revolution on a dime is an achievement.

Kaluuya was my personal pick for the year's best supporting actor (I know, I know, I'm bending the rules on the year) but Lakeith Stanfield is just about as great. It doesn't hit the mark every time, as I think it can, occasionally, be a bit of a blunt object, but Shaka King is here to stay and the duo of Stanfield and Kaluuya is comprised of two of the best actors working. A lotta heart, a lotta sadness, a lot of contempt, and the film is distressingly relevant. Pretty great film!