The debate over Warner Bros’ decision to release all of their 2021 films on HBO Max is certainly a complicated one, particularly when it comes to the business of making movies.
But where the conversation becomes far less complex, regardless of the business implications, is how this move affects the fans. Warner Bros’ decision to release their entire 2021 slate on HBO Max is an undeniable positive for cinephiles, as it now allows fans of the art form to costume more high-quality content than ever.
Take Pixar’s Soul for example: would you have gone to theaters to see it? I certainly wouldn’t have. But because it was uploaded to Disney+ on Christmas Day, my family and I — along with millions of others across the country — tuned in immediately.
Judas and the Black Messiah is another example of a film that’ll likely benefit from a streaming release, as a mid-budget adult drama like this is primed to succeed off of potential positive word-of-mouth. The average movie-goer may not trudge out to the movie theater in the middle of February to see something like this, but firing it up on HBO Max from the comfort of your couch? Sure! Why not? Plus, this movie looks simply incredible.
Starring Daniel Kaluuya as Black Panther founder Fred Hampton, Judas and the Black Messiah takes place in the late 1960s as petty criminal William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) agrees to work as an informant for the FBI in order to take down Hampton. In addition to Kaluuya and Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah also stars Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, and Martin Sheen as infamous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
Can’t stop watching the trailer for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’. This movie is going to absolutely BANG. pic.twitter.com/d9r067eOMD
— Eric Ital (@eric_ital) January 13, 2021
We’ll be covering Judas and the Black Messiah and all of this year’s major releases over on the Post-Credit Podcast, so make sure to subscribe and check that out.