Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★★½

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom feels like a play but in a good way. I loved this a lot more than I should have. While it could've been a little bit longer, it still has Branford Marsalis' terrific score, Ruben Santiago-Hudson's superb script, George C. Wolfe's brilliant direction, Tobias A. Schliessler's stellar cinematography, and Mark Ricker's sublime production design that makes you feel like you're in 1927. Colman Domingo, Glynn Furman, and Taylour Paige are brilliant in their roles. However, the highlights are Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Both of them give the best performances of their career especially Boseman. No one is doing it like them. They're are phenomenal and need to be nominated for some awards. The film is great on it's own but it's worth seeing for Davis and Boseman performances.

R.I.P Chadwick Boseman. One of most gut-wrenching losses and I don't think I'm not going to be over it especially hearing those saddening monologues.

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