Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

Though it has all the issues you'd expect from a play being adapted into a movie, the acting keeps you hooked for its relatively scant running time.

Chadwick Boseman's last performance isn't the only reason to see this, but the work itself shows what deep performances we'll miss.

All the performances have the aspect of playing to the cheap seats and visually, all the interiors let you know you're watching a filmed play. It plays better on Netflix than it would in a theater.

The movie itself feels slight, but that's not what you were watching it for.

The second best Chadwick Boseman movie with 'Black' in the title and the third best with 'Bottom' in the title.

That "Jelly Roll" song made me think of Jelly donuts. Nothing to do with the movie it's just my favorite donut shop hasn't been open since March. Not because of Covid but because aliens attacked it.

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