Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★

"A-one, a-two, a-you know what to do."

A fine film with a more than worthwhile message about black artists. The strength of it no doubt lies in the performances of Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman. It feels like an acting showcase at times since it's based on a play, takes place over an afternoon and it being set in mainly one location. It's the performances that truly give it life.

Davis is transformative and forceful. Reminded me of her in Fences, another film based off an August Wilson play. Boseman is simply phenomenal. His character is headstrong, passionate, full of pent up anger and has a desire to push the envelope with music. He's given so much room to shine and he doesn't waste a second.

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