Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

Achieves the remarkable feat of being almost as powerful as the events it captures. Stanfield and Kaluuya are a couple of the best performers of their generation, and their presence here is, as always, magnetic. Characters like this are rarely given the nuance needed to make them interesting, outside of their function in the story, and fortunately this particular script does well by all of them. Furthermore, the subject at hand (frankly the point of history in general) has been handled messily on film plenty of times, and it's great here to finally see a take that's not only distinct, not only resolute, but effective. Most of us won't be able to see it in theatres, but even on your screen at home, you'll be wanting to chant along with these revolutionaries.

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