Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

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Really great. It's almost impossible to pick a favorite performance because everyone here knocks it out of the park. Kaluuya, Stanfield, Plemmons, Fishback, everyone is bringing their A-game and their performances are electrifying and dynamic. And the movie is directed and shot incredibly, a perfect blend of narrative focus and style. The frame composition and the use of color is outstanding, just watching the film aesthetically is a treat. But I really enjoyed how straightforward this was about the Panthers and Fred Hampton's ideology in general, it never felt as if it was shying away from anything for the sake of mass appeal. It's not the most radical film I've ever seen tackling the subject matter that it does, but it stands its ground and doesn't flinch. Great!

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