I really like to go into a new film blind, and I was still able to do that with Judas and the Black Messiah. Like the Lucas Brothers, I’m very familiar with the narrative of Jesus and understood that the film would end in Fred Hampton’s death, but I was not familiar with the story of Fred Hampton. Knowing where the film was headed didn’t make it feel slow or impeded in anyway. It’s a gripping film even for those who have studied the history of both lead characters.
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February 12, 2021