Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Much like Golden Globe winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, One Night In Miami is another stagey and theatrical feeling feature film that goes big on performance and small on scale. Set mostly in a single hotel room, what the film lacks in spectacle in makes up for in some excellent casting and a fascinating (if fictional) story. Kingsley Ben-Adir especially gives an impressively measured take on Malcom X whilst Eli Goree nails the flamboyance of the soon to be Muhammad Ali. Actor Regina King does a good job in her feature debut, especially considering the scripts limitations and, whilst this may not be talked about as much or as highly regarded as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom it still deserves to me mention alongside it.
Best Bit: It’s all about the performances
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Judas and the Black Messiah