Kane’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Anywhere there’s people, there’s power.”
Shaka King delivered an emotionally captivating story focusing on the growing influence, impact, corruption, and betrayal of the revolution. Following the real-life story of Fred Hampton, played masterfully by (now Oscar award-winning) Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah drops the viewer right into the middle of the ongoing conflict.
You truly feel the force behind Kaluuya’s powerful performance as the central leader (chairman) of the Chicago Black Panther Party. Meanwhile, his co-star, Lakeith Stanfield, puts up his own impressive performance as the man playing two sides of the same coin. Kaluuya and Stanfield continue to add to their impressive filmographies, further emphasizing their phenomenal acting talents.
Judas and the Black Messiah impressed me. The film highlights Sean Bobbitt’s striking cinematography to reflect Stanfield’s shifting perspective, and the accompanying soundtrack was great.
As if the review hasn’t spoken for itself yet, I highly recommend this film. Aside from the slower pacing that starts in the second act, this was a rewarding watch that rallies the struggles and corruption behind the true stories of Fred Hampton and William O’Neal.