Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★★

Sundance 2021 - Film #14

The way Stanfield plays the slow build of regret, depression, and anxiety is devastating. When the end credit text about where his character ends up, it makes tragic sense with how he played the character. And Kaluuya as Hampton, in the scene with the mother of a dead Panther, understanding the importance of his role in the movement and feeling the weight of every loss along the way. A lesser actor would chew up the scenery but instead he just listens and waits until the end of every scene to make his point. And Plemons, walking up to the line of evil without it being caricature. It feels more insidious that way. And Dominique Fishback is so good it’s hard to put in words.