Tristan Markson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Where there’s people... there’s power.
God damn if Judas and the Black Messiah isn’t a powerful film. The power of the true story of Fred Hampton and the power of gifted cast members like Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, that’s some heavy shit right there. Weilding power isn’t something to fuck around with, and fuck around this film does not. It’ll gut you and leave you gasping for air, as it should. Let this film be apart of the revolution, because you can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill a revolution.
“If you dare to struggle, you dare to win.” -Fred Hampton
PERFORMANCES: 10/10 (there’s too much greatness between Kaluuya and Stanfield’s work here to warrant anything less)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: 9/10 (slick, smooth camerawork)
MUSIC: 9/10 (perfectly utilized throughout)
STORY: 10/10 (what exactly would I knock points off for?)
TRISPY GRADE: 46.5/50 = 9.3/10