Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya are the greatest actors of our current age. I mean, Kaluuya’s range is indescribable, and his ability to both being the charismatic, intelligent idol of Hampton to life, while emphasizing the humanity we never get to see behind such a figure. Not to mention Stanfield’s ability to bring vulnerability to an arguably unlikable character. A depiction of Hampton, through an inherently capitalist medium, will always be questionable—but this film is beautiful, a good primer into Hampton’s politics, into the nation that murder—lemme clarify, assassinated him as he fought for true freedom all Black Americans and into the messy, bloody search for freedom that all black people must face. A modern, immaculate, studio cinematic piece of art.

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