Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

In a Golden Globe-winning role, the late Chadwick Boseman stars alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis in this adaptation of the play by Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson (Fences), following the Mother of the Blues and her band as they take on tensions within the white-dominated music industry and blaze trails in 1927 Chicago. Produced by Denzel Washington and directed by Emmy nominee George C Wolfe (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks).

Best Costume Design and Best Make Up & Hair at the 2021 Academy Awards and BAFTAs. Best Actor (Boseman) at the 2021 Golden Globes.
202094 minsUSA
DramaMusicHistorical
Director:
George C. Wolfe ('The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks', 'You're Not You', 'Nights in Rodanthe')
Writer:
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Cast:
Viola DavisChadwick BosemanGlynn TurmanColman DomingoTaylour PaigeJonny CoyneMichael Potts

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

A detonation of pure acting firepower is what's on offer in this movie version of August Wilson's 1982 stage play.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A stagey chamber piece with occasional flashes of musical intensity and thematic depth to spare.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

For whatever else it may be, the movie is a reverent tribute to both the medium of theater and Wilson's indelible impact on it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

[W]atching actors of this caliber lose themselves in characters of such aching humanity is ample reward, with Boseman's towering work standing as a testament to a blazing talent lost too soon.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Boseman and Davis deliver superb performances in this timeless meditation on Black art, and those who would exploit it.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It's Boseman, though, in his final appearance on screen, who makes both the bitter and the sweet of the story sing: a pointed arrow of hurt and hope and untapped fury, heartbreakingly alive in every scene.

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BBC

BBC

Wolfe finds the right balance between letting Wilson's trademark monologues flow and shooting them in a cinematic way.

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IGN

IGN

While the film boasts a strong ensemble, all of whom give fantastic performances, especially Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is Boseman's movie from beginning to end. He shows his full range.

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New York Post

New York Post

It's the brilliant Boseman who stays with you in the end.

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Time Out

Time Out

Chadwick Boseman's presence shouldn't endure just because it's his final on-screen role, but because of how darn good he is.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Chadwick Boseman meticulously charts the breakdown of a man discovering, within the mirages of 1920s blackness, that pursuit and escape, fleeing from and running toward, are inextricably intertwined.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

This is chamber-piece cinema that hits with steam train force.

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