Separating Fact And Fiction In ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’

Separating Fact And Fiction In ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’

Uproxx - News·2021-02-19 07:01

Judas And The Black Messiah is a tough movie to criticize, because not only is a movie about the Chicago Police and FBI’s 1969 murder of Black Panthers Chairman Fred Hampton a relative win just for existing, it also does many things right. Some have been critical of the decision to cast 31-year-old Daniel Kaluuya as 21-year-old Chicago Panthers chairman Fred Hampton, and 29-year-old Lakeith Stanfield as then-20-year-old Bill O’Neal. Maybe that’s fair on paper, and doesn’t do justice to the youth of the movement, but it’s also hard to argue with a performance as electrifying as Kaluuya’s, or with casting two generational talents in a chronicle of an iconic event. By and large it’s a film of fantastic performances and stirring compositions.

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