Rating (2.5 out of 5)
Summary: This movie isn’t for me. The major issue was the slow pace. Additionally, there isn’t much levity, which I find crucial in a movie that constantly attacks such serious topics. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a stage play that hasn’t been reimagined well for the big screen, and didn’t resonate with me.
Everyone delivers great performances, and I am sure many people are raving about Chadwick Boseman’s performance. Some scores will be too high, simply as a tribute to his performance.
The process of creating the album, the discrimination, the re-recording of the album, and even Ma Rainey’s history was fascinating but glanced over. I would have preferred to focus on the music rather than the endless arguing. “The Banker” provided me with a history lesson in discrimination, in addition to having some humor, which was far more entertaining. That is my personal preference.
Plot: A black blues band in 1927 tries to record an album while arguing amongst one another.