Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

“When some see despair, I see ground zero for a revolution.” - Chairman Fred Hampton

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This is low-key a Get Out reunion for Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield and Lil Rel Howery. Everything in this film is praiseworthy, from the way the score emphasizes every betrayal, to leaving some things to imagination through immaculate editing and also the overall cinematography. The performances and adherence to historical details are nothing short of factual and laudable. Judas and the Black Messiah displays so much style, charisma & awareness, that certifies Shaka King as a director to be reckoned with. If Fred Hampton was the Black Messiah, and Bill O’Neil was Judas, then J. Edgar Hoover was definitely the Devil using FBI agents as his despicable hellhounds.

These past few years have celebrated Black Heroes in film in spectacular ways, and I’m so glad and grateful for the education, because film is so much more than just entertainment. Let’s normalise celebrating Black History everyday.

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