❀ nicole ❀’s review published on Letterboxd:
“anywhere there’s people, there’s power.”
finally saw this cinematic masterpiece on the big screen and as expected, i was absolutely blown away by each and every aspect — the brilliant cinematography, editing & screenplay, the jazzy score, the excellent casting (literally four of my favourite actors were in this) and especially the performances!!! they were truly powerful all around, but daniel kaluuya knocked it out of the park. he was a force to be reckoned with as fred hampton and you can tell he was very committed to the role by the way he completely disappeared into it, making him almost unrecognisable. still confused as to why both him and lakeith ended up in the oscar’s ‘best supporting actor’ category when they both felt like lead characters to me, but then again the academy have a habit of getting things wrong sometimes, so i can’t say i was surprised, just disappointed. anyways...
the true events from 1969 that took place in this film still translate and could not be more relevant to today as we continue to see BIPOC communities tirelessly fight for justice and protest against the systems that oppress them.
judas and the black messiah is an incredibly necessary and important film that does an exquisite job of not only honouring the true legacy of fred hampton and the black panther party, but revealing william o’neal’s perspective and undercover involvement within the party.
it also reminds us of how, unfortunately and after all these years, not much has changed.
a definite must-see in 2021!