Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

For the 2020 Best Picture Winners, we have two contenders under the "American social justice films set in 1969."

The virgin, liberal Trial of the Chicago 7
-whole film is written and directed in the same style, making the quippy-writing feel exhausting by the end
-cares more about dunking on conservatives than actually creating an engaging dialogue surrounding activism
-dilutes the true politics of the figures, for a more centrist "good systems, bad people" view surrounding oppression
-weird voices coming from Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen


The chad, leftist Judas and the Black Messiah
-scenes are visually distinct and edited in new and refreshing ways throughout the whole runtime
-cares more about exposing the true foundations of oppression (capitalism and fascism) than ever feeling smug
-completely engages with radical ideas of its subjects, and surely criticizes those people who only know MLK's "content of their character" quote
-Daniel Kaluuya gives a killer performance, and nails the accent

Side note: Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges regarding his killing of George Floyd. This is only a small piece of the justice that needs to be done, and there is much work ahead. But this was good news, and I'm immensely proud of the fighting spirit my city has.

Disclaimer: I am using the whole virgin/chad meme for joke purposes. I do not subscribe to the philosophies of either side of this meme (either the toxic alpha-male mentality, nor the toxic incel side)

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