Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
-Fred Hampton

Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are both nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. So, who does that make the lead of the film? Fucking Jesse Plemons?

I know the Academy’s rules about Lead and Supporting are kinda of loose and I know there’s strategy behind it all. It doesn’t mean I can’t poke fun at it though.

What I won’t poke fun at are their performances. It’s basically why I thought the supporting nominations struck me funny, because those didn’t feel like supporting performances. They both felt very much like leading performances. Both outstanding. A career high point for Kaluuva.

I often have a hard time connecting with biopics like this because they usually play like a “best of” emotional moments of someone’s life. It effectively sabotages any actual emotion from scenes because there’s a disconnection from the missing little moments in between.

Shaka King’s film doesn’t suffer from that at all. Every big moment in the film is earned and then some. This is a film made by someone that understands you can’t just depict a shocking event on film and call it a day. There’s work to be done to get there if you really want the audience to connect. Outstanding.

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Degrees of Separation from Last Movie or Mini-Series:
-Judas and the Black Messiah with Lakeith Stanfield
-Was in Knives Out with Chris Evans
-Was in Snowpiercer with Song Kang-ho
-Was in The Host

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