Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

I'm stunned by the formal precision on display here. This filmmaking is next level, not just because of the delicate way the story unfolds, but also the power and terror that bubbles just under the surface.

A lot of that has to do with the powerhouse duo of Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield. Kaluuya, in particular, embodies Fred Hampton with such power and ease that it's easy to forget he's acting. If he's not a serious Oscar contender, it'll be a travesty.

It's also deeply depressing how modern Judas and the Black Messiah feels. This may be a period piece about Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers, but the issues present in this film are still present today.

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