joshé’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Judas and the Black Messiah" is a story based on real events that play with suspense, the horror of historical experiences and characters and although it is melodramatic in its gaze, emphasizing the poles, qualifies as a good film that although based on the theme of civil rights, is also impregnated with quality of the police and political thriller genre. Shaka King tells the life of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and FBI informant William O'Neal, in a crude and emotional way but without falling into the pamphlet story. With brilliant performances by Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield.
The film is a proposal of a marked political character, in the noble sense of the term. Knowing how to combine the public and private sphere of the protagonist, supposes a full-fledged diatribe to linear discourse and without nuances. Social changes come slowly, following a tortuous journey, with steps forward and backward, facing realities of enormous complexity. A story worth telling and well-directed, where performers make a difference. Two visions of the same story; that of the liberator and that of the one trapped between a rock and a hard place. It is a good protest film with an interesting and sad description of what happened in reality, but that sins of lack of emotion. You have to wait until the end for the viewer's fiber to be touched when viewing images of the true protagonists and that was of their sad lives.