The wait is finally over! ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ is finally coming to Netflix. Starring Oscar shoo-ins such as Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. It is directed by George C. Wolfe and is set to release on November 25th in the USA and on December 18th everywhere on Netflix.
Chadwick Boseman’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ is an adaptation from a beloved play by August Wilson. The movie debuted on Saturday, November 14th in a sneak-peek virtual premiere. This was in partnership with the American Film Institute. However, once it launches on Netflix on the 18th of December, people everywhere would be able to watch the movie.
But the movie has created quite a buzz due to Boseman’s posthumous and also, his final performance. He passed away earlier this year after fighting a long battle with cancer.
And now Netflix is planning on campaigning Boseman in the Lead Actor category at the Oscars. Not only that. But Netflix is also looking to get his role in ‘Da 5 Bloods’ vying for Supporting Actor.
Moreover, the cast of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ also includes Gynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts.
What Critics are saying about the movie
However, the roundup of the first reactions to Chadwick’s final performance looks something like this:
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
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
What Is Chadwick’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ About?
In the upcoming movie, there are tensions and temperatures escalating throughout the duration of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago. And Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey, is played by Viola Davis, whose arrival is awaited. So while the band waits in a claustrophobic rehearsal room, trumpeter Levee, played by Boseman, convinces his fellow musicians to reveal truths that will change all their lives.
However, you will be able to see ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ on your Netflix screen on December 18th. So mark your calendars. We’re all waiting eagerly for this one.