Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★½

Was worried this would end up being little more than a Wikipedia article with a pulse, but if it ultimately is then it's as well-crafted and rousing as you could possibly ask a studio film with major awards attention to be. Kaluuya is incredible, I'm undecided on whether Stanfield is too one-note or if he's underwritten (probably both), but the sheer confidence and lucidity of Shaka King's work elevate this far beyond merely the Oscarfication of another essential part of history.

Despite the inherent inability for any Hollywood movie made for mass audiences to truly get on board with Hampton's revolutionary politics in an honest and uncompromising way, there's some real edge here when it comes to depicting the necessity and even heroism of the Panthers' actions - it's not every day you see a film in theatres that feels like it's chanting "OFF THE PIG" along with its characters. Definitely my horse in the BP race this year.

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