I watched this movie for my book club because we have been reading August Wilson, and this movie is based on one of his plays.
It’s a very good movie of the kind I really like. One sparsely decorated room, no special effects, and people just act. Of course, American actors don’t know how to act. They know how to stand around with frozen, botoxed-out, perfect android faces while stuff explodes around them to keep viewers from falling asleep. This is why movies that are based on acting almost never come out.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is an exception. Actors really act, and there’s real emotion, and a real story. A very, very fine movie. I highly recommend.