Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★★

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The manner in which music is presented here is incredible, the choices tonally perfect and something truly worthy of awards consideration. Wolfe's directing is solid, shots look lined up well and he did a great job adapting this stage play to film (even more so than Ryan Murphy with The Prom.) A major criticism I have (and the only real one) is that this story isn't as thematically cohesive as it could've been, and that results in a less emotionally impactful experience.

Chadwick gives arguably the best performance of his saddenly shortened career, absolutely deserving of the best actor statute (though it's hard for me to pick between him and Hopkins) and delivering upon every possible level of depth. Davis is excellent and gives one of her best performances as well, perfectly balancing her acting prowess and subtleties to make for one of the best performances of the year. I loved Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and I believe others will find immense enjoyment in it as well.

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