Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★½

It lags, painfully, speech after speech, when there's a much better movie about guilt and treason behind the whole thing, trying to come to surface but fighting for space with the pretty standard biopic of sorts that the director also wants to make.

It certainly lacks a sense of grace when it comes to navigate between the personal and the political, probably because it treats one character of the duo as a flat icon and doesn't give enough room to other character show his depth.

I don't think Kaluyya is that special in the role beyond what a movie like this expects its protagonist to be (see also: David Oyelowo in Selma). Stanfield deserved to have this movie all for himself.

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