Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

“America's on fire right now and until the fire is extinguished don't nothin' else mean a goddamn thing.”

Shaka King paints an arresting, stark image of these events as much as their continued relevance, not in the sense of history but raw momentum that keeps ever on gaining. I already knew this story and yet I hung onto every scene, every note of belief and betrayal until the chilling end. the obvious allegory is used with a cunning edge for a charged and highly affective dramatization of these two figures and I cannot stop thinking about Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield. they’re so far beyond most performances I’ve seen in 2020/21 and merge the complexity of their characters with their own style in an electrifying duel. gotta say though, their pull is so strong that every scene where they don’t interact with each other pales by being just good.

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