Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

“They don't care nothin' about me. All they want is my voice. Well, I done learned that. And they gonna treat me the way I wanna be treated, no matter how much it hurt them.”

this seems to repeatedly jump up in my face with monologues to yell Hey Don’t Forget I’m A Play, This Is Based On A Play, And We Only Have Two Rooms and while it is good it also relies so much on the cast just pulling off their lines and doesn’t do much with these spaces they reside in or how an adaptation could enhance said play in general besides editing the dialogue into a more fluent back-and-forth. Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman do it like no others and elevate this with the sheer force they bring to their characters, but the film is still so grounded in the immobility of its theatrics that it misses out on taking bigger chances. rip to a king, what a performance to top off his career!

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