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Erika (17559 KP) created a post

Aug 29, 2020  
RIP Chadwick Boseman
     
21 Bridges (2019)
21 Bridges (2019)
2019 | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Chadwick boseman (0 more)
Watched last night on Amazon prime been wanting to watch this for ages didn't see some of the twists but in the end I got all of them it's not bad movie full of action and Chadwick boseman what's not to like
  
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Pete (121 KP) rated Black Panther (2018) in Movies

Feb 23, 2018 (Updated Feb 23, 2018)  
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther (2018)
2018 | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Fight scenes (3 more)
Comedy
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
Letitia Wright (shuri)
Story line dragged a bit (1 more)
Michael B Jordan (Killmonger)
Different to most avenger films
A must watch for Avenger fans. Fits in nicely within the Marvel universe. Story drags a bit but the fight scenes and comedy make up for it.
  
21 Bridges (2019)
21 Bridges (2019)
2019 | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Good one
This cop thriller was intense. The story had some predictable parts but otherwise unfolded very well. The acting was superb and the cinematography spot on. Another great performance by Chadwick Boseman with a great supporting cast. If you like "dirty cop" movies, you'll really enjoy this one. Worth a watch!
  
21 Bridges (2019)
21 Bridges (2019)
2019 | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Chadwick Boseman is compelling (0 more)
the scene where he interviews the women in the bedroom there is a moment where the image doesn't sync with the visuals. (0 more)
The New Training Day
Chadwick Boseman has so much on screen charisma in this movie he could quite soon be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, his performance was utterly compelling. When an actor doesn't even have to speak and you know what they are thinking off by their eyes then that is special. In fact the entire cast is very strong with spot on performances from all of them,

This is a very strong film, if you liked Training Day here is another film with cops and bad guys (or are they one and the same?). Boseman is a detective who lives for the badge out to stop two robbers who have left a bloodbath of cops behind them.Can Boseman solve the mystery and stop the robbers or will he simply get revenge?

The only loss of points for me was I guessed the 'twist' from the beginning, otherwise it could have been even more of a great must watch film
  
21 Bridges (2019)
21 Bridges (2019)
2019 | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Much of the storyline is a bit fuzzy throughout the entire film, with some exceptions. Specifically the final third of the movie. But what makes 21 Bridges special is the acting. Chadwick Boseman shows he truly has high quality acting chops without relying on heavy CGI and an extensive supporting cast. JK Simmons also shows up in a role that suits his style quite nicely. Great fight scenes make this movie a very worthy action flick that you should grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy.
  
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
2016 | Action, Sci-Fi
When it was announced that they were going to take the last in the Cap trilogy and make it the civil war storyline, I was ticked. The comic book Civil War was painful to read. Why does Tony Stark have to be in every movie? At least Cap kicked his ass fully at the end. Stark needs to go see a psychiatrist, because he obviously can't get over his parents death. Tony Stark being in the movie made it a 9.
I loved that they brought in Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman did a fantastic job. The fight choreography was great during the car chase scene.
  
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
2020 | Drama, Music
Boseman is amazing
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the latest adaptation of the works of August Wilson brought to us by producer Denzel Washington, following on from the 2016 adaptation of Fences that earned Viola Davis a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Here Washington hands over the directing reins to Tony award winner George C. Wolfe, while Viola Davis returns as the titular Ma Rainey.

Set in 1920s Chicago, the film follows a tense and fractious recording session with Ma Rainey and her backing band, old hands Toledo (Glynn Turman), Cutler (Colman Domingo) and Slow Drag (Michael Potts) alongside ambitious young horn player Levee (Chadwick Boseman). Tensions rise between Ma, Levee and the recording studio management (Jeremy Shamos as Irvin and Jonny Coyne as Sturdyvant) as each attempts to control the recording session and play songs that fit best with their own motives. Contributing to the frictions are Levee’s flirtation with Ma’s girlfriend Dussie Mae (Taylour Paige) and her Ma’s stuttering nephew Sylvester (Dusan Brown) as he attempts to introduce Ma’s signature song, Black Bottom.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom undoubtedly looks and sounds good. The cinematography and costumes are perfect and entirely in keeping with the 20s Chicago setting. And the blues music is captivating and beautifully made. To be quite honest I would’ve been quite happy to watch and listen to an entire film solely following the band and their music. However whilst it does look and sound good, it is so obviously a film adapted from a stage play and I’m afraid this isn’t a good thing. There’s a limited number of sets and virtually the entirety of the 90 minute run time is set within two rooms in the recording studio, which makes such a short film feel ridiculously drawn out. This isn’t helped by the huge reliance on very long scripted dialogue and conversational scenes. I can’t deny that the writing is good and is helped by strong performances from everyone involved, but there’s just too much dialogue. This might work on the stage, but on screen it doesn’t quite translate. There’s that much dialogue that the majority of scenes become too heavy and bogged down and sadly almost entirely forgettable. For me a film needs to balance dialogue with actual events and actions, and I’m afraid aside from the final act, nothing much happens here.

Fortunately this is at least boosted by some stellar performances. Viola Davis is brilliant as the spirited Ma Rainey, even if Ma herself as a character is rather unlikeable with some questionable motives for her actions and manners. The star however is the late Chadwick Boseman. While it’s very off putting to see how obviously thin and ill he was filming this, his performance is outstanding. He brings life and fun and heart to every scene he’s in and gives this film a massive boost. Even the drawn out dialogue heavy scenes become enthralling when he’s talking and the emotions on show are spectacular. Despite Viola Davis being the star as Ma, it’s Boseman that carried this film entirely on his shoulders. If he doesn’t win a posthumous Oscar for this, it’d be criminal.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a shining example of stellar performances, most notably Chadwick Boseman. It’s just a shame that the rest of the film doesn’t quite meet the high standards set by its stars.
  
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Awix (3310 KP) rated Black Panther (2018) in Movies

Feb 13, 2018 (Updated Feb 14, 2018)  
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther (2018)
2018 | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Top-tier Marvel superhero movie is essentially diversity wish-fulfilment, revealing the existence of a secret sci-fi African kingdom with technology from Star Wars and soundtrack from The Lion King, but disguises this supremely well with solid script, first class action, and charismatic performances.

New king (and part-time superhero) must come to the throne, cope with parental issues, deal with old enemy and malevolent would-be usurper. Contains some very interesting and subversive ideas about culture and colonialism; doesn't overdo this, of course. Chadwick Boseman radiates nobility and cool as BP, Andy Serkis has too much fun as ridiculously evil villain Klaw, nice support from Martin Freeman as token white sidekick/comic relief (nice to see a bit of diversity in the casting, guys). Marvel continue to do very little wrong.
  
21 Bridges (2019)
21 Bridges (2019)
2019 | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Predictable and unoriginal
This has been on my Amazon watch list for quite some time, and I have to say I'm a little underwhelmed. For a cop action type thriller it's not bad, but nothing special.

Chadwick Boseman is probably the main selling point in this and for me it was nice to see him in something that wasn't Marvel. The rest of the cast though are either poor (Sienna Miller) or drastically underused (JK Simmons). The main problem with this film is the plot. From the cliched opening scenes to the final act, the majority of it was just so predictable, mostly because its nothing we haven't seen before. And despite their best efforts, you don't end up feeling very much for the two criminals. It's not the worst film I've ever seen but nor is it the best. Vaguely entertaining for 90 minutes but sadly not particularly memorable.