Judas and the Black Messiah: An Electric Showcase
One of the most striking things about Judas and the Black Messiah, is how Daniel Kaluuya stands out in this movie. It is a film that shows how greatness is cruelly cut short.
The sad, and inglorious business of government informants working inside radical protest groups is in the spotlight in this ensemble. This is something that usually takes years to come out. If does, nobody wants to talk about it.
The treacherous Judas, William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) is every bit as good as Kaluuya (who plays Hampton.) Even though his role is less flattering. Stanfield comes off with jittery nervous energy that puts you on edge. And this is so intriguing even before O’Neal becomes an informant.
In the film’s opening scene, Stanfield is a petty thief with an interesting con. He pretends to be an FBI agent and uses a fake badge to steal cars in the neighborhood. But when the real Federal Bureau of Investigation finds out, he is used instead of serving prison time. Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons), the FBI agent subjects O’Neal to something far worse than prison time. It takes him the whole movie to figure it out.
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Judas and the Black Messiah becomes fascinating once O’Neal infiltrates The Blank Pather Illinois chapter. With the movie taking shape from here on. The big question is for how long can he serve two masters ago?
Kaluuya`s performance is absolutely captivating to watch. In his delivery, he fans the flames of passion while also oozing charisma. Dominique Fishback also surely stands out with her sensitive, sympathetic performance as Hampton’s partner Deborah Johnson.
Without leaving any spoilers here, I can confidently say that this a movie you need to watch. In as much as it appears to be more about the Judas than the black messiah. It is all the same extremely captivating and could also bring you to tears…