JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH - Review

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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Rated: R
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: Shaka King
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons
Plot: A car thief becomes an informant for the FBI against the Black Panthers in Chicago
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

This is one of those films that is almost amazing. It comes so close in so many ways to being the kind of film that would win huge awards, but it just misses the mark. I'm sure this film will garner some nominations, but nothing like what it could have done if it had reached its full potential. 
 
The best part of the film is the acting. All of the primary cast deliver great performances. They are able to draw you in and make you feel for and understand their character's motivations.
 
The worst part of the film is the script. This movie is way too long for the content available. It is a compelling story, based on reality, but there aren't enough exciting moments to keep the film moving and exciting. There are several times where things drag along at a very slow pace. Either the film needs more action and excitement, or a good 30 minutes needs to be cut out of it. 
 
This is a film worth seeing at some point. I just don't think it is one worth the time, effort, and money to see in the theater. Wait for the digital release and you'll enjoy it much more. 
 

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