Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Some movies are burning with the same flame that burns inside their heroes; Judas and the Black Messiah is definitely one of those movies and without doubt one of the best I've seen this year.

Story it tells is tight, sharp as a razor, meticulously planned out and presented. It doesn't only adapts great piece of history but it is also beautifully, even lavishly, photographed and edited. Shots are close, very intimate, kept in rich and dark colour pallet. It is a storyteller and a looker.

True value of Judas... resides however in performances. Daniel Kaluuya is uncannily charismatic, he radiates with intense magnetism. Lakeith Stanfield once again makes his character little offbeat, twitchy. Both are entirely human, entirely tragic.

On some level it works both as a supplement and antithesis of The Trial of the Chicago 7. Sorkin's movie takes a lot of liberties with characterization of protagonists and events shown on film. Basically he is making them seem much, much less radical, than they've really been. Comparison between Aaron Sorkin's nad Shaka King's pictures really could be used as a masterclass into studies on rhetoric and reinforcement of political beliefs through film.

PS Now I definitely gonna dedicate some time to make at least some more research into the people and history depicted here; because - as we all know - you never should learn your history just from one source - even so masterfully done.

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