This week Amazon continues its slate of intriguing films with One Night In Miami.
One Night In Miami opens in London where 22-year-old Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) is knocked out of a fight; musician Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr) is performing at Copacabana to a mostly white crowd who are less than receptive; football superstar Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) has suffered a case of racism; and Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) is reassuring his wife that everything will be okay.
All these minor events are a setup to lead us to the night of 25 February 1964 in Miami where Cassius takes the world championship heavyweight championship again Sonny Liston (Aaron D. Alexander).
Through the 115 minute film, we follow these four friends celebrating but also discussing the issues they face of being successful black men during the civil rights movement.
Screenwriter Kemp Powers, adapting his own stage play of the same name, provides a cracking script that doesn’t let up as friendship and politics are covered in perfect balance. The casting is sublime and give performances that will stay with you long after the credits roll. Direction Regina King makes a hotel room look stunning in her directorial debut.
One Night In Miami is one of 2021s most compelling films that delve into an important moment in history and is well worth checking out this weekend.
One Night In Miami drops on Amazon Prime on January 15.