Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★

This was a TV movie with big-screen performances.

Would've been nice to see some more ambition in the storytelling and better focus on Fred Hampton. Maybe more of an attempt to milk the tension from the double life O'Neil was leading and a broader scope with more historical context. This ended up feeling like an underwritten chamber piece with a glacial pace.

Worst of all I ended the film knowing as much about Hampton and The Black Panther Party as I did at the start.

When your coda is more interesting than the movie that preceded it, it means you had a compelling story, you told very blandly.