Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★★

One of my most anticipated films of the whole year. The trailers really did get me hyped up to see the film and I am happy to say that the film was everything that I wanted it to be. This film is just a straight-up masterpiece in my opinion. The story kept me invested the whole way through, the cinematography is great, the musical score is amazing, the direction is fantastic, the editing is brilliant, there are many shocking, brutal, and intense moments that had my jaw dropped, the characters are all memorable and make you feel every emotion that you're supposed to, the screenplay is phenomenal, the themes are thought-provoking, challenging, and important especially today, the film perfectly captures the late 1960s Chicago and putting you in that time period, the dramatic moments are strong, powerful, and heartbreaking, and the crown jewel of the film is the performances which are stellar from everyone with both Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield being perfect in their roles as Fred Hampton and Bill O'Neal. Both are such electrifying performances and I think some of the best that I've ever seen from them. I will also give some credit to some of the other actors who do an amazing job like Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, Martin Sheen, and many more who have some truly standout moments in the film. Overall I don't have any issues with the film at all and like I said before this is just a straight-up masterpiece. It's a movie that needs to be seen by everyone not just because it's amazing but because it is probably going to be one of the most important films of the whole year. Director Shaka King doesn't shy away from showing you the harshness and brutality of what the Black Panther party had to go through during that time and I give King props for doing that because it's not every day that you get a filmmaker that shows you how brutal and just awful our world can be sometimes. Anyway, I beg all of you to watch this film once you get the chance. Already my favorite film of the year and I don't even know what's going to top this but we'll see how the rest of the year plays out. Also just like what I did with Promising Young Woman I want to bring something up that has to do with the film's themes and get it out there because especially today these are very important things to hear. I just want to say that looking at the film's themes regarding racism, police brutality, power, and more I don't think I've ever seen a director this new in the film industry portray these issues so realistically before. I truly am amazed at what Shaka King was able to accomplish with this film but what I am trying to say is that I hope that films like this will get the word out there that there is a major systemic racism problem towards black people in our society today and even though I'm not a black person myself I know for a fact that there is a massive systemic racism problem that is corrupting our society today. It's just sadder that even after 50-60 years that the police still get away with being this violent and brutal towards black people and this film doesn't shy away from showing you how far they go just to show how messed up they are. It really is shocking and just heart-breaking that many innocent black people die at the hands of cops just because of their racist prejudices and the fact that they can get away with it really pisses me off. I'm not saying that all police officers are racist and I'm sure there are good cops in the force but it really is those stupid idiotic cops that make their image look bad. I personally don't believe in defunding the police but I absolutely believe that they have to be reformed because the systemic racism against black people in the police force has to stop and I can't stand the fact that these so-called "cops" are even in the force with doing stuff like this just to fill their racial prejudices. My point is that black people deserve just as much respect, justice, and freedom as white people do and as people, we should do whatever we can to help them. It doesn't matter if a person's skin color is different than another. At the end of the say we all are human beings and just because one has a different skin color doesn't mean that we should treat them like complete garbage. Films like Judas and the Black Messiah and many others show a harsh reality that we are or used to live in and that we can make the world a better place if we just do what we know is right and I applaud any filmmaker who goes into such topic that many people wouldn't want to dive into but eventually have to because if not then these issues will stay with us and no one will do anything about it. So with all of this, I hope any of you reading this review will understand what I have to say because I've been wanting to get this out there for quite a while but I really had to wait until this film came out because I knew that it would be the right film to say it with. Hope this film gets awards attention and I hope more people will give the film the attention that it rightfully deserves because this film is as Fred Hampton would put it a revolutionary. #BlackLivesMatter

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