Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★★

An incredibly powerful and just flat out great movie. This is a film that manages to keep your attention and also tell a very powerful and important message. The movie is fueled by two electric performances at the center. First Lakeith Stanfield as Bill O’Neal is amazing. Stanfield is one of my favorite actors to watch because he’s always making different decisions and he gives such a great leading man performance in this film. Daniel Kaluuya gets the more meaty role as Fred Hampton. He is so magnetic and hard to keep your eyes off of, and this is possibly the best supporting performance I’ve seen in a movie recently. When he gets to give these huge speeches it’s so electrifying that you fully believe people would follow him. Jesse Plemons and Dominique Fishback also give great performances. Shaka King directed and co-wrote the script and this is one of the best directed films I’ve seen recently as well. King has electricity, voice and filmmaking ability of young Spike Lee. Shaka King is a filmmaker with truly incredible skills and something to say and I have a feeling we’ll be watching his films for a long time. Overall this is a truly great film and one of the best I’ve seen recently.

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