One Night in Miami (2020)
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- 114 min.
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I liked this one. I cant understand why it has 18+ age limit though. Can anybody explain?
As powerful as one of Muhammad Ali’s punches with the timeless urgency of Sam Cooke’s music, One Night in Miami is a fantastic imagining of four African-American champions at their peak. The dialogue is crisp, the staging is energetic and the message is so powerful it’s hard to resist. All four actors could see nominations, and the film is a strong contender for Best Picture. Wow. I loved this film. Regina King knocked it out of the park — and then some.
Based on the play, One Night in Miami creates a fictional conversation between Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown the night of Cassius' world championship win and eve of his conversion to Islam. He's the pretext, as the real core of this examination of the responsibility that comes bundled with celebrity - especially in a minority context - is really X and Cooke calling each other out on their shit (the second act is the best part). It's great to see Leslie Odom Jr. post-Hamilton, and he does do all his own singing. Brown is really a supporting player in this drama, more on edge than anyone, but keeping it in and doing a lot of truth telling; Aldis Hodge probably gives the most subtle performance here (but I can be expected to sing his praises, as I've loved his work since Leverage). Eli Goree does a good Clay, while Kingsley Ben-Adir can never really escape Denzel Washington's long shadow as X, but is nevertheless effective. Whether you look at the film as an exploration of what it means to be a successful black person in 1960s America (not all that far from 2020s America, unfortunately), or just as a drama about friends who are comfortable enough to confront each other's values, One Night in Miami delivers.
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