What if Malcom X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown and Sam Cook got together for one night to discuss equality in the world? That is the question asked in this stage adaptation from actress turned director Regina King and writer, Kemp Powers (SOUL).
After watching MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM last week, I did not need another staged production on equality. Leave it to a first time director to work around the confines of a wordy screenplay and breathe life into this film. From the four outstanding performances by each lead to her always moving camera work, you can feel the energy she is trying to infuse in a production that is better suited for the stage. Even with that valiant effort, it’s disappointing that the movie more often than not breaks the cardinal rule of cinema, “thou shalt not bore the audience.”
It is available 15-Jan via Amazon Prime Video.