Boseman's final performance praised in first reactions to new Netflix movie

Joe Anderton
·4-min read

From Digital Spy

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away earlier this year, meaning that Ma Rainey's Black Bottom now serves as his final movie.

The film is set in the 1920s, with How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis as a jazz singer on her way to a recording session with her band.

She not only has to deal with her white managers' attempts to exploit her and her band, but also Boseman's character Levee announcing that he wants to leave and go solo.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

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First impressions of the film have started coming in, after it was screened for critics. Refreshingly, a lot of Black critics got to see this film ahead of release, something that has rarely been the case, even when the film is focused on Black characters and history.

Although these impressions are not full-on reviews and just tweets, they all paint a solid picture of what Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is – a film to look out for with excellent cinematography, music, and performances from Boseman and Davis that could well be recognised when awards season rolls around.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Here are a handful of early impressions:

It has been reported that Netflix is indeed putting Boseman and Davis forward for Oscar nominations, and that he could also be nominated for Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods.

If that happens, he would become the first actor to be posthumously nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom premieres on December 18 on Netflix.

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