Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★

I love theater. There's something special about a stage production. In high school drama we had to pick a movie scene and turn it into a stage play, we got to build our sets and make our costumes. My group picked the apartment scene from Pulp Fiction, with me playing the title role of Jules. Our play had such a positive response that our drama teacher pulled some strings and had us perform it in front of the whole school in our 500 seat theater. It was a blast. It was a huge confidence builder and would later give me the confidence to do stand up. I love theater. I did not love this. Viola and Chadwick were great, and they alone are worth a watch. I enjoyed the visual aesthetic and the music, Other than that though, this didn't do much for me. I really wanted to like it more than I did.

I know Chadwick will win best actor, but Tony Hopkins had the best performance from the last couple years, male or female.

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