When we heard that the late Chadwick Boseman's final film was coming to Netflix, we knew it was automatically going to be a hit. So, when we saw that the drama had become the number one movie on the streaming service’s most popular list after just one day, we weren’t exactly surprised.
Called Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the flick (which was the last project the 43-year-old actor worked on before his sad passing on Aug. 28, after battling colon cancer) tells the story of the famous singer, Ma Rainey (also known as "queen of the blues"), as well as Levee (Boseman), a talented and impulsive trumpeter who wants to start his own band.
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The drama film, which is based on August Wilson’s 1982 play of the same name, follows Rainey's music career and the tensions that rise between her bandmates as they gather to record a new record in Chicago. Set in the 1920s, the movie tackles racism and the exploitation of black musicians by white producers.
The official synopsis reads: “Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary ‘Mother of the Blues,’ Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious cornet player Levee—who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry—spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.”
Aside from Davis and Boseman, the film also stars Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Taylour Paige and Michael Potts. The movie, which was directed by George C. Wolfe and produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington and Dany Wolf.
And while we promised ourselves to only watch Christmas movies for the next few days, we’re going to make an exception for this one.