Maybe it's just me, but whenever I think of historical icons, I tend to stay fixated on their legacy and public image. For example, I can easily envision the great Malcolm X standing at a podium to speak out against racism. I can also see the charismatic Muhammad Ali fighting his way to victory (or shall I say "stinging like a bee") during a boxing match. But as for how these greats carried themselves behind closed doors? Well, that thought never really occurred to me. That is, until I saw Regina King's One Night In Miami on Amazon Prime.
To offer some background, the drama film follows a fictionalized gathering of four real-life icons in 1963, including Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). After Clay defeats Sonny Liston (Aaron D. Alexander) and becomes the new heavyweight champion, he invites his three friends to celebrate the victory—although things take a rather interesting turn as the night progresses.
Not only has the film received three Golden Globes nominations, but it also boasts an impressive 98 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. This comes as no surprise, seeing as how it features solid acting, thought-provoking dialogue and a message that's still relevant today. Read on to see why One Night in Miami is easily one of the best films of the year.