Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

I was watching a movie with my father when a friend on Facebook tagged me on a post with a headline that was hard to believe: Chadwick Boseman had passed away. Even after three months, it’s difficult to come to the realization that Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is his final film performance.

Boseman’s last movie is indeed a great watch. Ma Rainey has some strong effort in adding cinematic charm to a pretty terrific script, something that the last August Wilson adaptation, Fences, failed to do. Chadwick and Viola are sensational in their unique ways, with Chadwick arguably giving the best acting you’ll see all year, adding rich layers to his complex character and delivering a monologue that will stick with me for a long time. It’s great knowing that Boseman will win an Oscar not because of sympathy but because it is truly a marvel of a performance. One of the year’s best movies.

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