Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

'Judas and the Black Messiah' soars as a timely film fitting for the US's current political climate. The movie is led powerfully by Lakeith Stanfield (one of the most diverse actors working today) and Daniel Kaluuya's (continuing an effortless hot streak) performances. The latter is a heavy award season contender as he's a Golden Globe and SAG nominee. Kaluuya does shine as Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton. His voice either echoes through massive rooms (his 'I Am a Revolutionary' speech being a highlight) to convincing people who could kill Hampton just for his skin color. The supporting cast-including Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, and Martin Sheen-are fitting and play off of Stanfield and Kaluuya well. In other aspects, the camerawork is captivating by Sean Bobbit, and the script written by director Shaka King and Will Berson doesn't let up for a second.

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