STREAMING REVIEW: One Night In Miami a transformative feature

This film is one of the most important, timely movies to come out in the last few years.

As civil unrest, racism and the Black Lives Matter movement are top of mind in the U.S., One Night In Miami presents a fictional account of four African-American figures whose contributions went miles for civil rights in 1960’s America.

It’s a fictional account, sure, but this film about Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown coming to terms with race relations in their country, and what they can do to gain more rights for people like them, is both scathing and intense.

It also delves into the responsibilities the men had, as role models and entertainers with voices that could be heard, to use their power to break down barriers and fight for what was right.

The performances from the four leads — Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and especially Leslie Odom Jr. — are wall-to-wall incredible. These men should all be in the Oscar conversation.

Likewise, Regina King’s feature directorial debut is nothing short of stunning, and she deserves a look for Best Director.

It’s not a perfect film, but it’s intense, even if it sometimes feels a bit too preachy. It’s a confident film and one that’s absolutely necessary right now. It’s a must-see and one of the year’s best.

4/5 Stars

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