Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM is another of August Wilson's broadway plays brought to the movie screen. At times it feels like it's still being performed on a stage as it does feel boxed. What really stands out in this film are the great performances. Chadwick Boseman as Levee is absolutely fantastic. He's an actor that demands your attention every time he's on screen; he's present and 100% in character each and every scene. Viola Davis, as Ma Rainey, is great as per usual but when it comes to August Wilson plays adapted to films, I prefer her performance in Fences. The supporting band members are also great (Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, and Michael Potts).

It's hard to imagine that broadway has been shut down for almost a year now. I do hope to some day experience a live stage performance of one of August Wilson's plays. Someday. Please.

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