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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom review roundup: Chadwick Boseman’s swan song garners positive reviews

After 40 reviews, Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis starrer Ma Rainey's Black Bottom has the perfect 100 per cent score.

Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2020 2:53:59 pm
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom review, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom release, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom release date, chadwick bosemanMa Rainey's Black Bottom will begin streaming on Netflix from December 18, 2020. (Photo: Netflix)

George C Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which marks the last screen outing of late actor Chadwick Boseman, has been receiving highly positive reviews.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom also stars Viola Davis in the lead role, with Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts playing supporting characters.

The film revolves around Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (Davis), one of the earliest African-American blues singers, and one of her recording sessions in Chicago of the 1920s. The session had Rainey clashing with her white manager over the control of her music.

After 40 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation site, the film has the perfect score of 100 per cent.

The critical consensus reads, “Framed by a pair of powerhouse performances, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom pays affectionate tribute to a blues legend — and Black culture at large.”

CNN’s Brian Lowry opined, “Ma Rainey — like any savvy performer — doesn’t overstay its welcome, or risk stretching the premise beyond its weight. Thanks to its leads, rather, it belts out a few showstopping moments, before taking that last, well-deserved curtain call.”

BBC’s Caryn James wrote in her review, “Wolfe finds the right balance between letting Wilson’s trademark monologues flow and shooting them in a cinematic way.”

Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt noted, “It’s Boseman, though, in his final appearance on screen, who makes both the bitter and the sweet of the story sing: a pointed arrow of hurt and hope and untapped fury, heartbreakingly alive in every scene.”

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will begin streaming on Netflix from December 18, 2020.

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