Ma Rainey’s Black Backside reactions from Netflix are there and Chadwick Boseman deserves absolute raves
Last summer, the world was hit by some really devastating news when it was reported that actor / producer Chadwick Boseman had passed away after a four year battle with cancer. Fans were shocked and stunned when Boseman decided to keep his diagnosis top secret, and all of the films he has made have taken on some kind of preciousness with the knowledge that nothing more can be made. The star’s graduation film today, George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, was especially excited, and while it won’t be streaming until next month, the initial reactions to the Netflix release are not only overwhelmingly positive, but many are calling it one of Boseman’s greatest works.
Based on August Wilson’s play of the same name, the film is a bottle story from Chicago in the 1920s and takes all of its action in a recording studio where a band awaits the arrival of legendary singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Chadwick Boseman plays an ambitious trumpeter named Levee who finds himself in the midst of escalating tensions resulting from major revelations and interpersonal drama. Variety reporter Angelique Jackson is one of the many who praised the Black Panther star’s work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, calling him “magical” and “legendary”.