Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★½

“Anywhere there’s people, there’s power.”

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A brilliant, hopefully award winning, performance from Daniel Kaluuya paired with a crisp direction from Shaka King will generate some buzz for this film come Oscar season. Lakeith Stanfield is a standout in the lead as well. Unfortunately, the story is a bit messy and lacks tension and flow. They wanted to tell the story of Bill O’Neil but it only tells a portion of that story while focusing most of it’s attention on Fred Hampton. And while Hampton is extremely interesting, the story was a shell of what it could’ve been. The performances and technical elements of the film are superb, but the story itself holds this one back from being great.

Rating: B+

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