Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Review: One of the Best Netflix Films This Year

Not just tootin’ its own horn. Mhm, yup. Please don’t leave. -I imagine that a lot of people–myself included–will gravitate towards Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom because it is the final performance of Chadwick Boseman, who was unexpectedly taken from us a few months ago. That’s not to say that there aren’t other reasons to be interested in it, but it’s hard to deny that there’s a gravitas to it, in part, because we know this is what Boseman has left us.

So we pay respects to the man by starting there. It always feels a little dirty to announce someone’s ultimate performance as their decisive one, mainly because it can reek of dishonesty. We are sentimental and empathetic beings, so the urge to award someone something in light of their death is a strong one. It makes me a bit reluctant to do so on occasion, but we need to call a spade a spade on this one: Boseman left us with one of the very best displays of acting that I’ve seen in 2020. READ MORE

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