Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH is a powerhouse of a film from start to finish. Shaka King’s portrayal of an important moment in history is visualized in such a way that it feels completely authentic. If you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean – the opening sequence sets the tone and style for the rest that is to come. Daniel Kaluuya’s performance of Fred Hampton gives an electric performance with some truly passionate speeches. Those are counterbalanced with some quiet moments with Deborah Johnson (played wonderfully by Dominique Fishback). But for me, Lakeith Stanfield, as the FBI informant Bill O’Neal, is the performance MVP. He plays a lot of different roles (all extremely well) as he navigates between working with the FBI and joining the Black Panthers to get close to Hampton.

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