Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★

On the topic of a movie about a recording I'm going to sound like a broken record when I say the performances here are what shine. Chadwick, Viola give sure fire nomination worthy performances, and the rest of the cast hold their own as well. This is what makes the movie.

The film itself has a great pace to it and an electrifying atmosphere. I do appreciate that there was an effort put into the cinematography and lighting, despite this being more or less a bottle film. Although, there were some outdoor shots (luckily few and far between) that looked horribly fake and way too bright along with some out of place transitions and freeze frames that made the overall presentation feel a little clunky.

The script itself is pretty compelling and passionate as well. Sometimes it gets a bit too monologue heavy for my taste and some scenes end abruptly without much explanation but there is no denying it hits it's intended marks.

It's too bad that this is Chadwick's farewell, but what a farewell it was.

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