JAWSH’s review published on Letterboxd:
What a MOVIE.
Led by strong performances all around and a strong VERY confident direction by Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah is a historical drama that brings to light another painful chapter in the fight for quality.
The film doesn’t waste any time to throw us into its complex world and there were elements of the Black Panthers story and Bill O’Neal’s that I understand couldn’t possibly have been covered in a two hour film.
But King and his team focus on the theme of unity against the oppressors. His focus lands strictly on the relationships forged between individuals that together create ‘society’. And how one action connects to the next and when the system is so sick, so pervasive and diseased it can become impossible to escape its clutches.
The struggles for a better tomorrow become the focus of ones existence and livelihood. From the moment they’re born to the moment they die.
This one hurt and like it’s poster drenched in red, it’s a reminder of the blood that fills the land this country stands on.