Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, de laatste film met Chadwick Boseman, is vanaf 18 december te zien op Netflix en ondertussen staan de eerste, lovende reacties van de pers online. Boseman en hoofdrolspeelster Viola Davis worden zelfs al getipt voor de Oscars.
De film van regisseur George C. Wolfe en producent Denzel Washington is gebaseerd op het gelijknamige toneelstuk van August Wilson (Fences) en gaat over Ma Rainey (Davis) aka de Mother of the Blues en haar bandleden, waaronder Bosemans trompetspeler Levee.
August Wilson rookie George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will clean up at the Oscars. It’s timely in the way it shows how anger can simmer and explode. Actors will love Viola Davis as the blues singer and Chadwick Boseman as her trumpeter: he could win a posthumous Oscar.
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) November 15, 2020
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM is a dynamic adaptation of August Wilson’s play with vibrant cinematography, music & costumes. Chadwick Boseman’s swan-song is his best with two stunning monologues that rank among some of the best ever. Viola Davis dominates the screen & all in her path. pic.twitter.com/P1iexrxQtT
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) November 15, 2020
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a scorcher. Chadwick Boseman is a class act and his delivery of August Wilson’s monologues are impeccable. I miss him. Viola Davis is magnificent, commanding the screen with every word. I’m in awe of Tobias Schliessler’s cinematography. pic.twitter.com/XaR4mUWeyR
— Jazz Tangcay (@jazzt) November 15, 2020
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ gives us an outstanding turn from Viola Davis but it’s Chadwick Boseman that leaves it all out on floor in a stellar, Sidney Poitier-level, Oscar-worthy performance. Colman Domingo gives excellent support and Branford Marsalis’s score is aces. pic.twitter.com/deH4QpQS1h
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) November 15, 2020
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the best work on film in Chadwick Boseman’s too-brief career. It is also the best piece of writing he had to work with. The film doesn’t escape its theatrical organization origins, but might be the most fully realized film in Netflix’s award arsenal.
— David “Trump = Loser” Poland (@DavidPoland) November 15, 2020
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM has Chadwick Boseman unload every ounce of himself on screen. Everything he could/would offer cinema is entrenched in his Levee. Viola Davis is magnificent (smaller role than expected). Adore Glynn Turman & want #Oscars to know it too. #FilmTwitter pic.twitter.com/Sibay5Ru46
— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) November 15, 2020
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) November 15, 2020
Thought Viola Davis was excellent in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM. A commanding performance with plenty of subtext that serves as the truthful core of the succinct story. She is always great, and this movie adds to her outstanding filmography. pic.twitter.com/aI9mUWFQmL
— Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) November 15, 2020
Viola Davis gives a performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" that should win a Tony, an Emmy, and an Oscar. Hell, I'd throw in a Grammy too. An indelible Wilson performance — as good as her Tony-winning work in "Fences." An incarnation of the blues in acting. 1/3
— Charles McNulty (@CharlesMcNulty) November 15, 2020