THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Starring: Thuso Mbedu, Chase Dillon, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Pierre, Amber Gray, William Jackson Harper, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Kraig Dane, Sheila Atim, Lucius Baston, Kylee D. Allen, Jeff Pope
Creator: Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins has found his magnum opus in The Underground Railroad. It may seem like hyperbole to claim the director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk can reach another level in his storytelling, but there is no mistaking it. All the technical elements of those films are elevated here, including the immaculate cinematography by James Laxton and perfect score by Nicholas Britell. Yet again, Jenkins has made a phenomenal discovery in lead Thuso Mbedu, whose performance aches with the fury of how slavery's stain on America is still plainly visible - a feeling that permeates the entire series.