HBO Max has once again conquered the world of cinema after the release of The little things, with the box office success Judas and the Black Messiah. This Shaka King film tells the true story of Black Panther president Fred Hampton, a radical assassinated in 1969 by the FBI, and William O’Neal, his comrade who sold him to the Department. LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya appear as the main characters, giving performances that have already made waves in the award conversation.
Judas and the Black Messiah takes a new approach to biographies, focusing instead on the messages surrounding these men, rather than simply trying to tell their life stories. While Judas and the Black Messiah it’s a singular achievement, there are still plenty of other movies that fans of the movie might be interested in seeing.
10 Sorry to bother you (2018)
LaKeith Stanfield is known to most audiences for her roles on television, especially in Atlanta – but he also appeared as the lead role in Boots Riley Sorry to bother you. This 2018 sci-fi hit is as revolutionary as Judas and the Black Messiah, although it takes place in a remarkably different universe. Stanfield plays a telemarketer who rises to the top of his industry in an Oakland alternate reality, only to find and come to terms with the fact that the entrepreneurs at the top are profiting from modern slavery. With some strange twists and turns, Sorry to bother you it is definitely a roller coaster worth riding.
9 Widows (2018)
Despite being busy with the MCU, Daniel Kaluuya has still found time to be in some of Chicago’s major thrillers. Judas and the Black Messiah it is not the first. Widows, Steve McQueen’s 2018 police thriller, also stars Daniel Kaluuya in Windy City. Although it is a heist movie, it is as ingrained in the politics of the local city as the more recent Kaluuya movie. If Daniel Kaluuya continues like this, he alone will make Chicago a top destination for the film industry.
8 Chicago Trial 7 (2020)
Audiences may recognize the name Fred Hampton from another recent movie, The Chicago 7 trial. Aaron Sorkin’s most recent courtroom drama takes place in the same time and place as Judas and the Black MessiahAlthough President Hampton is only a minor character played by Kelvin Harrison Jr. Chicago 7 focuses more on his Black Panther partner, Bobby Seale. While the movies are very different in the way they portray late 1960s politics, they both add important context to the events that occurred in 1969 in Chicago.
7 BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Spike Lee’s 2018 biopic that follows Ron Stallworth, a black police officer who successfully infiltrated the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, was rejected at the Academy Awards, but has lived as a favorite. of the fans. Adam Driver and John David Washington bring this Spike Lee joint to life, carefully balancing comedy and drama. Now, Judas and the Black Messiah aims to reap the love that BlacKkKlansman received, while also bringing in some Academy Awards.
6 The departed (2006)
The Oscar winner for best picture of 2006, The dead people, was named as a great inspiration for Judas and the Black Messiah by filmmaker Shaka King. Inspiration is clear. Both crime thrillers follow a man who works undercover to rat out his partners, leading to very stressful meetings and intense shootouts.
Though Judas and the Black Messiah is a work of fiction, it is still able to channel the suspense and excitement of Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winner to perfection.
5 MLK / FBI (2020)
The new documentary, MLK / FBI, directed by Sam Pollard has some clear parallels with Judas and the Black Messiahas it documents the harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the hands of the FBI. It is already one of the highest grossing films of 2021, a position only reinforced by the recent success of Shaka King’s new film. For viewers looking to learn more about how the federal government spread misinformation and ultimately led to the assassination of civil rights leaders, MLK / FBI it is a must see.
4 One night in Miami (2020)
Another recent biopic from the 1960s that follows civil rights leaders like Fred Hampton, is Regina King’s new movie, One night in Miami. This film takes four friends, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke, and places them in a hotel room, a fictional account of true events.
In that hotel room, they talk about the struggle for civil rights, conversion to Islam, and the daily struggles of being black and famous. It is as important as Judas and the Black Messiah and it has already left an indelible mark on culture.
3 Straight outta Compton (2015)
It should come as no surprise that Straight from Compton, the 2015 biopic depicting the rise and struggles of NWA, is the most successful hip-hop film ever made. This offbeat biopic was praised for its realistic depiction of the hip-hop group’s rise to fame, as well as the strong parallels between the racially divided country in which they emerged and America today. It is a forceful account of its time period and a poignant representation of the present, and just like Judas and the Black Messiah features a performance by LaKeith Stanfield.
two Malcolm X (1992)
Malcolm x, Spike Lee’s 1992 film, is often praised as one of the best biographies ever made. Denzel Washington’s portrayal of the main character spans his entire life, from his youth to his days leading the Civil Rights Movement, to his assassination. In fact, Washington’s performance is so famous that it has become synonymous with Malcolm X.
Although it is too early to discuss the legacy of Judas and the Black MessiahIt’s safe to say that no one will be able to look at Fred Hampton without ever thinking again of the powerful performance of Daniel Kaluuya.
1 Get Out (2017)
This is the movie that propelled Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield to the national spotlight. Jordan Peele’s classic from 2017, Salt, tells the story of a black man who goes to visit his white girlfriend’s family in the suburbs of New York, only to find that things are not what they seem. In fact, he is in grave danger of being brainwashed and enslaved, a fact that Stanfield makes very clear to Kaluuya’s character. Since then going forward, they have both had excellent careers, and it’s great to see them share the big screen once again in Judas and the Black Messiah.
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