Based on the life of legendary blues singer Ma Rainey and the Tony-nominated play by August Wilson, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is an emotional and electrifying experience that succeeds at every level. Producer Denzel Washington and director George C. Wolfe do an outstanding job making the film stay true to the original material. They also do a great job exploring the themes of being famous past your prime and the stress of chasing your dreams on your own terms. Viola Davis gives an incredible performance as blues legend Ma Rainey. Davis portrays Ma Rainey as a complete diva and is viewed by people as a has been. Ma Rainey could have come off as an unlikable character, but Davis brings the character to some interesting places through a wide range of emotions that makes you understand where she's coming from and feel for her. The Late Great Chadwick Boseman gives a phenomenal performance as Levee, the trumpet player who wants to go solo but is battling his inner demons. Boseman's performance ranges from emotional and mesmerizing at the drop of a hat. His performance is made even more powerful with the knowledge of his unfortunate demise that took place earlier this year. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is like watching a play on a roller coaster, meaning with all the twists and turns, your heart is pounding, and when it's over, you need a minute to catch your breath. Thanks to producer Denzel Washington and director George C. Wolfe’s incredible vision and the outstanding Oscar-caliber performances by Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is a masterpiece that must be seen by everybody and is a beautiful gift to honor the legacy of the great Chadwick Boseman who will become the third actor to win the Posthumous Oscar following Peter Finch and Heath Ledger at the 2021 Academy Awards in April.
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