This movie can be complementary to "The Trial of the Chicago Seven", and it deepen the story of the Black Panthers party, and how were subject to injustices by the FBI and the Police Department, in an historical time where racism was extremely bad and costed a lot of innocent lives. Such a tragedy, that here is portrayed in a realistic and bloody way. Definitely not an easy watch.
Daniel Kaluuya's performance was simply amazing, he has such an intense energy during stage scenes, and he simply nailed Freddy Hampton characterization. For sure one of the best portrayal of the first part of 2021, he completely captured me. Also LaKeith Stanfield did a good job. Bill O'Neill, a man that in order to run away from crime charges, was infiltrated by the FBI into the Black Panthers headquarters, in order to provide information to authorities and avoid prison. However he will pay a really high toll, and the real guy, not able to handle anymore this weight, decided to end his own life. He was really on a though spot, but the FBI definitely used him to do the dirty job. Unfair agency strategies are very often reported in the film and, even if these are well known facts, it is still disgusting what the USA were able to do, in order to meet their own agenda.
"Judas and the Black Messiah" is very balanced, it never tried to paint Hampton as a hero, director managed to be impartial, by highlighting both negative and positive aspect of the movement: the main objective was definitely noble, but means used were not always orthodox. No politically correctness involved here, and I am happy that WB just let the director tell the story in his own way by presenting real facts. I am extremely satisfied with this movie and I highly suggest to watch it, together with the Netflix original, mentioned at the beginning.