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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom-poster-2020

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stagy as it may be at times, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a triumph of performance with Chadwick Boseman delivering what would be his final role with considerable aplomb and, no doubt, many pending award nominations across 2021.   But whilst undoubtably Boseman is the stand out here, support from the like of Colman Domingo, Viola Davis  & Glynn Turman to name but a few make this feel like a true ensemble.   And whilst it’s true that director George C. Wolfe is limited in the plays scope, what he does deliver is beautifully staged, not least his recreation of 20’s Chicago. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is highly recommended – a powerful story, superbly told. 

Best Bit: Boseman’s performance… it will be criminal if he doesn’t win awards for this.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Fences, Hamilton, Hidden Figures  

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...