Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

2021 Ranked
I happened to watch this the same day as Trial of the Chicago 7, so found myself fully immersed in the political scene of the 1960s. Unusual to see two actors inhabiting the same role in the same day, but it gave me a greater appreciation for both films I think.

Kaluuya and Stanfield are expectedly brilliant - opposite sides of the same coin. Though it follows a structure that’s becoming increasingly familiar, the rousing moments still get to you, and the destructive moments still hurt. The film’s texture elevates Chicago into a gritty, contested, neon and rain-bathed labyrinth, insofar as its inhabitants never quite know what will be coming around the next corner.

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