Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Sundance #13

“Anyone can get a gun on the streets, if you gotta badge it’s like ya got the whole damn army behind ya”

This is such an interesting look into the Black Panther Party as well as the other parties that were around during the late 60’s. It gives a lot more insight into the controversy surrounding both sides of the ongoing fight between the FBI and the Black Panthers, much more than other movies usually give. 

Daniel Kaluuya is perfectly casted as Fred Hampton but surprisingly takes a supporting role, Lakeith Stanfield who holds his own being the lead, continues to show his range as an actor in a role I can potentially see him getting nominated for. Dominique Fishback also shines in what could be a breakout performance. All rounded out by some extremely crisp cinematography, at times a booming score and a powerful ending make this easily the best film I’ve seen at the fest.

Be on the lookout for this come Oscar season, I can see it getting numerous nominations.

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