Tuesday, February 23, 2021

One Night in Miami

On Saturday night, Sharon and I watched One Night in Miami. We are making some guesses about what movies might be nominated for Oscars. This film is on a number of lists as a candidate for best picture and in several acting categories.

One Night in Miami is directed by Regina King in her feature film directorial debut. The screenplay was written Kemp Powers based on his stage play of the same name.

The film is about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a room at the Hampton House in February 1964. The group is celebrating Ali's surprise title win over Sonny Liston. The men were friends in real life. Cassius Clay is on the cusp of transforming into Muhammad Ali.

It stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcom X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, and Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke. Lance Reddick, Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson, and Beau Bridges appear in supporting roles.

Sharon liked the film more than she thought she would. For both of us, it raised a number of questions about Malcolm X. I really don't know anything about his life. I recommend the movie, but don't think that it will win the best picture Oscar.

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