One Night in Miami is one of the best movies directed by women
One Night in Miami is the type of film that you watch and you think to yourself, ‘I wish I could go back in time and be a fly on the wall during it.’ You have Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement. These men are the best of the best of what they did in their respective professions.
On the surface, you can’t help but be engrossed in how the story unfolds in front of your eyes. At the time, being at the height of their professions but also slightly concerned with the blowback that might follow if they veer a certain way. You have four incredible performances led by my personal favorite of the bunch, Leslie Odom Jr., who played Sam Cooke so well that I would love to see a biopic with him as the singer again.
After each viewing, you grow to appreciate the little nuances behind the camera from first-time director Regina King. She had the challenging task of bringing these four larger-than-life characters to life in this troubling time in the world. From the sequences in the boxing ring to the moment of Cooke being on the stage to the moments in the hotel room, she strategically placed the camera in spots that felt like we were part of the conversation.
We all know how amazing Regina King is in front of the camera, but after watching this, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her behind the camera. I liked One Night in Miami, but I see a much stronger film from her coming and I can’t wait.