Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

Chadwick Boseman's final role is an absolute force, as he plays a man who knows what he deserves as well as how stacked the odds are against him. Watching him portray such a role, seeing in his face all the humor, fear, and fury as he brings this dejectedly hopeful character to life, fully aware of his own heartbreaking reality that he does not have enough time to give to the world even a fraction of all the passion that is inside of him, is a powerful experience. Viola Davis is incredible, and the script, lighting, and pacing are impeccable, but it's Boseman and his character who will stay with you long after the credits roll.

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