Judas and the Black Messiah is all about Daniel Kaluuya’s portrayal of Fred Hampton, it is also a fascinating watch how this story went down!!!
Real Rating: 4 Revolutionary
What I Like:
-Daniel Kaluuya’s acting keeps getting better and better with every movie he has done since Get Out, I thought his portrayal of Black Panther Party’s (BPP) Chairman, Fred Hampton was spot on and great, everytime he gives a speech, it is captivating and invigorating, during the movie, I may not always agree with what he says, but his passion in his acting for this character is a spectacle to see
-Let’s not forget about Lakeith Stanfield’s portrayal as the FBI informant, Bill O’Neal, I thought his story is fascinating, maybe you will be angry at his character at the end, or maybe you will have sympathy for him at the end, as for me, I choose the latter
-Director Shaka King did a great job in creating this story, there were a lot of scenes that were either thrilling or intense, even in some basic conversations, it looked very tense, it has you wondering what will happen next, the shootouts were also very thrilling
The So So:
-There were points in the story where it can be slow at times, but then it speeds up to another great scene, it can an uneven roller coaster of emotions, so be prepared for that
What I Didn’t Like:
-The controversy of the BPP will always be talked about in history, and I believe one of the main goals for it is to show the BPP in the positive light help the community and joining forces with other organizations, and yes they do show it, but not enough for me to learn more about what the BPP is all about, instead it was heavy handed on how law enforcement conspired to abolished their party as if Spike Lee wrote the script, it is what it is, but I wish to see more of what they did to the community more to put things in a better perspective
This film is fascinating to watch. Whatever your opinions are about the Black Panther Party, you will most likely be fascinated as well. Become fascinated with the acting of Daniel Kaluuya’s acting as Fred Hampton and his possible Oscar win (calling it). Become fascinated by the story which kind of reminds me of one of my favorite films of all time, The Departed. Overall to me, this is a fascinating film, and with the controversial history aside, you can watch how this story unfolds and make your opinions afterwards. A spectacle that can be powerful, especially with what is happening today!!!
Real Rating: 4 Revolutionaries
(Sidenote: Pieces of a Woman – Director Kornel Mundruczo definitely took a piece out of Alfonso Cuaron’s style of filmmaking, and added to this picture. That one long unedited scene of actress Vanessa Kirby during labor is a marvel to watch. Speaking of Kirby, she did a fine job of acting as a person recovering from a tragedy can be awful to go through. After the childbirth scene, the film was up and down with the tone, and the story, but it wasn’t a huge bore to watch at the very least!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Childbirths)