Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman are both electrifying. Both are also nearly unrecognizable in their roles—sadly for different reasons. Worth checking out for their performances alone. They are worthy of Oscar recognition. Adapted from a stage play, the dialogue is fantastic, but everything else just doesn’t feel very cinematic. That doesn’t detract from the experience, but it doesn’t elevate it to the level of Davis’ and Boseman’s performances either.

Degrees of Kevin Bacon: 2
1. Chadwick Boseman and Forest Whitaker in Black Panther
2. Forest Whitaker and Kevin Bacon in The Air I Breathe

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