Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

Directed with a quiet but determined intensity, Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah is the better of the two recent Chicago-in-1968 movies. Both Kaluuya and Stanfield are remarkable... and, much like Frank Langella did in The Trial of the Chicago Seven, a respected senior actor gets to chew the scenery; here it’s Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover. Fortunately, he’s used more sparingly than Langella was. 
Kaluuya effortlessly channels the charisma of Fred Hampton; its easy to see why the Chicago police and the FBI were so fearful of him.
I’ve always thought a sign of a good biopic was how well it made you think “what if it went the other way” afterwards. Judas does just that.

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