The hottest film of 2021 came out today! You can see Judas and the Black Messiah in theaters or on HBO Max right now. With a star-studded cast, led by proven young talents in Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, this film elucidates a dark part of U.S. history that was neglected for far too long. It is the story of Fred Hampton—a black activist who fought against gang violence and promoted social change—and his assassination by the FBI, a crime for which the bureau was never prosecuted. Having followed Stanfield’s career since his first film, Short Term 12 (2013), and also taken up a keen interest in activism, I’ve been looking forward to this film for a while. Still, I didn’t expect Shaka King’s breakout work to be nearly as powerful as it is. Stanfield and Kaluuya are fantastic—as usual. But the experimental narration and meticulous storytelling also help in creating a film whose delivery is worthy of its message. Judas and the Black Messiah is an important, socially relevant drama that will potentially go down as one of the greatest films of the year.
It was one of my favorites of 2021. LaKeith Stanfield is fascinating to watch.
Love it—same. And totally agree! What a great actor.
Update: Judas and the Black Messiah won 2 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and best original song (recorded by the incredible “H.E.R.”)! Both are fully deserved. Congrats to them!
Yep. I wasn’t quite aware that Kaluuya is this talented. He was incredible!
H.E.R. is such a good musician as well.
Thanks for sharing!
Looking forward to this film, also this is my first time commenting on someone’s blog post:)
Hope you enjoy! And wow—congrats on joining the WordPress Reader community! Honored to have supplied the first post you commented on ha. 😀
Sad story, and he was only 21. Great post
So true. Amazing what he was able to do in a short amount of time, right? And thank you!
Did you see “ Your honor” on showtime yet? Awesome show. I think you might enjoy it
Actually haven’t heard of it, but I still have my Showtime membership after watching all of Homeland—so I’ll check it out this week. Thank you for recommending!
Thanks for sharing!
I loved that movie!
Always appreciate your shares!
I read into it like you. Heartbreaking