Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★★

In terms of a swan song that showcases the full range of an actor's talents, this is a gift - that builds on Chadwick Boseman's legacy. Levee is a black man who wears the scars of a past and present dominated by racism and yet will not accept the world and his place in it as it is. Through sheer willpower and talent, he's determined to make the world bend to him.

Viola Davis, naturally, doesn't disappoint either. We discuss both towering performances and George C. Wolfe's 'musical' direction on Filmspotting #804.