Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★

this is... definitely based on a play. do with that what you will. but, thankfully, the performances are able to bring a kinetic energy to the film that keeps it from feeling dull. viola davis is great as always, but this is chadwick boseman's film. he's magnetic, energetic, and completely captures the screen. it breaks my heart because, in my head, watching him act his heart out, i could see decades worth of brilliant performances coming from him. but, i'm grateful for how he impacted the film industry and the world. rest in peace, chadwick. you've already become one of cinema's greats ❤

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