Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

even though it feels very much like *extremely proper british voice* THEATUH, Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis keep the staginess from overwhelming it, bringing such a kinetic force to the screen. almost every scene with them could be played at their oscar reels, but this feels like Chadwick’s film (no offense to the consistently flawless turn by national treasure Davis!) he torches and captures the screen with magnetic monologues & facial expressions as a man scarred by trauma. 

it’s soul crushing to watch him act his heart out because, in my head, i could see so many more years worth of electric performances by him. but, what a turn to top off his career. and i’m glad he was able to impact this movie and the whole industry in general wondrously. rip to a king, you’ve already become one of films’ greatest legends <3

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