Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

I watched this before the embargo lifted today, so I’m not counting this as a log.

This film is something else. It takes an approach that’s somewhere between BlacKkKlansman and Widows. Whether this will be enough of the Academy’s thing to get a Picture nomination is questionable. However, Daniel Kaluuya is undeniably the Best Supporting Actor frontrunner. He’s ferocious and is actually insane in some scenes. The speech scene in the trailer in particular will send a lightning rod through you as you’re watching it. It’s honestly almost on the same level as JK Simmons in Whiplash, it’s that wild. LaKeith Stanfield is also really great. He plays more of a straight man and is more understated, so I don’t think he’s a lock for a Best Actor nomination. But I don’t think it’s impossible and he’d definitely deserve it. The film’s got fantastic cinematography and editing and some terrific sound design. I also really hope (and think) that Dominque Fishback can get some Supporting Actress hype. The performance might be a little bit too subtle on top of her being such a newcomer, but it would be a welcome nomination because honestly Amanda Seyfried and Yuh-jung Youn are the only two in the category I’d personally rank above her (if I were to count this as a 2020 film). But yeah this is a great one. Might check it out again at Sundance so I can get a better feel for it on my second watch. Check it out next month.

And since they’re kinda connected, this > Chicago 7

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