Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

Chadwick's performance is one of the few reasons you should watch this. It's electrifying. Sure Viola Davis shines too, but Chadwick already has the award in his bag. Besides the performances, the story follows a very theatrical path, that some will love, and many will hate. I thought I was going to see more of Ma Rainey's life (which I would've loved), instead of listening to discussions after discussions, and then more discussions between the characters, even though the message is still relevant. I stay with the performances, the rest is quite forgettable.

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