Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

So refreshing to see a civil rights film that is less focused on the movement itself than it is on the people behind it. This is exactly as fantastic as I thought it would be, flowing so seamlessly from scene to scene with the subtle power of its visuals and its perfect evocation of the period. Combine that with the immaculate pacing and you get a searing and aggressive examination of humanity and inhumanity. The way in which this tackles the weight of guilt and hypocrisy is damn impressive, and turns this into a brutally honest and heart wrenching drama.

But I’ve got to say, it really is the acting that sells the whole thing. Kaluuya and Stanfield are simply perfect, so effortlessly embodying their characters and bringing so much to each and every line. But I feel all the hype is so focused on them that people aren’t mentioning just how great Jesse Plemons is too. This guy just keeps delivering such extraordinary supporting performances year after year, and this might just be his strongest yet. He’s so insidious and menacing and steals pretty much every scene he’s in. Not to mention him in that shot which just transformed the film entirely, and completely stunned me. What an extraordinary performer, in an truly excellent film. I can see this taking the cake at the Oscars.

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