Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★★

As you're listening to Chadwick Boseman continue to deliver his monologues on the screen in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, it's hard to not find yourself in awe at everything that he was able to bring to the screen. But there's a lot worth noting regarding how this film treats the words of August Wilson as his play is being adapted onto the screen, with regards to how his words still feel fresh for modern audiences - creating a thoroughly compelling work as it's forever lifted by both Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis at the center.

I'd really love to see more August Wilson plays being adapted to film, but there's also a part of me that feels like these cinematic takes on Wilson could do more in order to feel like more than just plays captured on film - yet all the best aspects of such remain intact. If anything else is there to be said, it's all the more tragic we just never got to see more of Chadwick Boseman, but he's left behind a beautiful legacy.

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