Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★★

Judas And The Black Messiah is an important piece of cinema. It is riveting display of acting and directing. Shaka King and his team leave their mark on a historical figure that isn’t often discussed in the history books.

I’ll begin by saying that I initially avoided this film. I am aware of Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party movement. I knew the tragic ended and it was difficult to prepare and watch. Especially with the themes and events remaining relevant in 2021. However, I am glad that I watched this film. LaKeith Stanfield does not get enough credit for his range as an actor. He was amazing to watch and this by far his best performance in what has been a fun career to watch thus far. Daniel Kaluuya is as electrifying as ever. He has brings his best to every role - no matter how big or small. Dominique Fishback is the heart of this film. I only wish that we were able to spend more time with her. Her scenes as Deborah Johnson were critical in humanizing Fred Hampton and showing us that he was more than a voice of the people. Those scenes were some of my favorites. Shaka King is a director to keep an eye on. 

Judas And The Black Messiah maybe a hard film to watch for some, but it’s important. This is a part of history that isn’t properly discussed outside of the black community. My hope is that more people are inspired to research Hampton and the Black Panthers after viewing this film. Personally, I pulled many of my books off the shelf to revisit this year. This film deserves the hype and praise it is receiving, period.