Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★½

Judas and the Black Messiah delivers enough on the identity of the Black Panthers and a revolution. I was surprised how limited it was regarding the conflict between police and blacks- the recurring theme of the past seventy, eighty years anyway. But then again, that’s not the most important function of this film so it’s fine. Shaka embroils you in The People’s response to inequality- “You can’t cheat your way to equality”- and Martin and Lakeith subtly sport The Departed. Kaluuya is the main man everyone’s talking about, and it’s no secret his performance had a spotlight on it the entire time. But the sense of power he employs is righteous and not something to down. Biggest grievance: for my taste, it’s too tame. There’s faint, sprinkled moments of brutality and violence but not much else. I may not be The People’s answer for equality, but I know more than fifteen people died in the fight. With this comes an opportunity to expand on some of the member’s backgrounds. Got a nice rhythm too it though, nothing to be missed.

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