Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Phenomenal acting!! Lakeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback in particular.  Great characters; great to see Fred Hampton portrayed on screen in a mainstream Hollywood production. He’s an incredibly important historical figure.  We’ll see if it gets the Malcolm X treatment at the Oscars.

Shaka King produces some memorable and taut scenes. Any scene with Bill O'Neil when he has to weasel out of a tense situation on command is captivating; the car scene made me so nervous!!! King should have kept focus anchored on the two main characters and their dynamic throughout, like in The Departed. Though this movie has far better accent work. It’s pretty breezy. The ending just kind of happens and text appears for a while. For all these gripes, this is a really enjoyable movie and reading The Assassination of Fred Hampton definitely enhanced my viewing experience. I’d recommend both movie and book to almost anyone and will rewatch it w/Nomadland 😆. I sort of was underwhelmed this time due to my sky high expectations

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