Judas and the Black Messiah – Drama, Biography
Category – Movie
Content – This film portrays the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panthers. The Black Panther movement grew strong very quickly, which caught the attention of the FBI. They sent in an informant to infiltrate this group, and William O’Neal did his job to perfection. After being in the group for years and years, he even ultimately was the one who caused Fred’s fatal demise. This movie is incredibly intense and powerful. If you do not know about the Black Panthers and the FBI’s rivalry, this is a good portrayal of these events. I admit I knew little about it, and through this movie feel like I can grasp some of the intensity between these two groups. It is truly amazing to watch some of the incredible lengths the FBI went to, to stop one organization. This scores a 8.5 out of 10.
Acting – Daniel Kaluuya portrays Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield plays Bill O’Neal. Both actors proved that they have some serious acting chops, as their portrayals were not only intense but extremely believable. The chemistry between these two actors was unrivaled in this film. Definitely performances that could take either one of these men to the next level. Bill’s FBI contact is played by Jesse Plemons, who also does a great job. He plays the calm and collected Roy Mitchell with ease. And I must say, it was great seeing Martin Sheen playing J. Edgar Hoover! Score is 9 out of 10.
Duration – 2 hours 6 mins. Yes, this is a long film to watch with high intensity scenes. I cannot say that I think anything should have been cut? I think the length is long but necessary. This gets a 7.5 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Judas and the Black Messiah – 25 out of 30
Recommended Watch – Another very informative film about a subject that everyone should know about. I highly recommend this movie!
OSCAR BUZZ – Both Daniel and LaKeith did an amazing job, I could see both getting Oscar Nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectfully.