Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

Judas and the Black Messiah is the first 2021 movie I’ve seen so far. Let’s just say it’s looking like a great year for film! 

This movie has such a strong chance at the Oscars this year. Pretty much everything about it couldn’t have been done any better. The screenplay, direction, music, and especially acting were all phenomenal. 

I have to elaborate more on the acting. Everyone in this blew me away! Lakeith Stanfield absolutely nailed it; the number of “emotional-layers” he had to show at the same time was beyond impressive. Jesse Plemons was also outstanding in this. He’s an extremely underrated actor just in general. But for me, the best performance of the entire film was from Daniel Kaluuya. If you thought he was good in Get Out, then hold on to your hats! He honestly gave one of the best performances of the last five years, if you ask me. 

This had more than just good acting to offer, though. The story may have been devastating at times, but I couldn’t look away for a moment. This was a lot more suspenseful than I had expected it to be. The film was as captivating as it was important. 

Speaking of which, this was yet another movie that needed to come out now. There’s been countless recent films that feel remarkably relevant to society these days, and I’m all for it! 

I didn’t have many issues with this film, besides the pacing of the story was a little inconsistent. It flipped back and forth between dialogue-heavy monologues and sequences of action in a way that didn’t always feel natural to me. That’s not to say I was at any point bored, though. Like I said before, it had enough tension to keep you engaged no matter what was happening on-screen.

All in all, I was very impressed by Judas and the Black Messiah. I hope it wins a lot of awards, because it’s more than deserving of them!

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