Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

i didn't know this was based off a play when i started, but it's not a good sign when a film's first few scenes make me go "oh shoot, this is definitely a fucking play." that being said, it's a good one! i think... i don't know much about plays. what i do know is that Chadwick Boseman gives one of the most acTOR performances i have ever seen, and he absolutely kills it.

as a side-note Oscar thing, putting Viola in lead is obvious category fraud.