‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: A Boring Movie With a Great Ending

This year I have been determined to watch as many Oscar-buzz movies as possible…or at least the ones that intrigue me and Judas and the Black Messiah was one of those movies.

After having watched civil rights masterpieces like Malcolm X and BlacKkKlansman (both by Spike Lee) Judas and the Black Messiah felt like the generic versions of those films. The story, based on the true story of William O’Neal, an FBI informant who is tasked with infiltrating and spying on the Black Panther party in Chicago, Illinois, moves along in a cliche manner.

There aren’t any surprising revelations, the musical score feels like the type of music you always hear for these types of movies, and honestly, the only thing keeping me at all invested in this film were the performances of Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya.

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‘Light of the Jedi’: I’m 37 Pages In and I’ve Got Mixed Feelings

Yesterday I finally got Light of the Jedi and I was excited but nervous. Would the first novel in this new era of Star Wars live up to the hype or would it underwhelm me like so many other Star Wars novels have in the past?

I only managed to get 37 pages into the book yesterday and I was appalled by how bland the writing was. Charles Soule is a great comic writer but his turn at novelizations has left me a bit unimpressed. The Jedi that I have met (Jedi Masters Avar Kriss and Loden Greatstorm and padawan Bell Zettifar) are pretty cool but overall, it’s just…blah.

I’m hoping the actual story makes up for the mediocre writing because, as of right now, this is not a great start to a new Disney era of Star Wars.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.