Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

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1) Someone please explain to me how the Golden Globes nominated Daniel Kaluuya as best supporting actor? He and Lakeith Stanfield both lead this movie and they are both phenomenal. 

2) This is a film that could have been a complete mess if the wrong people were cast. However, Stanfield’s eyes alone capture everything you need to know about William O’Neill and Kaluuya is simply a god damn star. Dominique Fishback and Jesse Plemons support with such strength too. 

3) For only his second directorial credit, Shaka King does an amazing job here. He manages to create a tactile feel of the time period, with brilliant costuming and set design to boot. And the offbeat, alarming jazz soundtrack? One of the best things about the movie. 

4) Martin Sheen as the real life villain J. Edgar Hoover? Please don’t ever make me hate President Bartlet ever again 😭

5) The one thing that felt a little off to me was the sound mixing. Sometimes the music seemed extremely loud and I could barely hear what the characters were saying, but that’s a small price to pay for such an important and strong piece of storytelling. 

6) A little tightening of the pacing and ironing out the creases in the sound editing and this would be a five star movie. Despite those minor flaws, I really appreciate that I now know this story. 

And fuck the police.

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