• Joshua Buck

One night in Miami (2020) Review

A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Director: Regina King Writer: Kemp Powers Producer: Keith Calder

Genre: Drama

The narrative starts by introducing us to 4 characters all experiencing different highs and lows of in their careers and in the case of Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) his personal life. Once the 4 characters are established and their lives are shown too us, they then begin to intertwine and all their stories come together.

This story really opens up the idea of how people think when they are involved in a minority group and that not everyone of that minority thinks the same way. The story shows that not all of these leading men in the minority group of the 1960s has the same mindset but they are all open to listen to one another and characters to grow. Discussions that they have mean that as Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) says…

“Were entering a new time where no-one is held back for saying their honest opinion”.

The character that I think grows the most is Sam Cooke played by Leslie Odom Jr. and you can feel his opinion shift at the end of the movie when he performs the song ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ showing that his character has grown and his perspective has changed and he respects his fortunate position a lot more.

The casting of every character was phenomenal and looks the part, combined with the actors chemistry made the dialogue bounce off of one another really well and was a joy to watch.

The praying scene was perfectly peaceful two men Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X leading their busy lives and they both come together and pray together. This scene is so well done that all elements of noise is taken out of it and the slow camera movement with shots that hold for that little bit longer and the edit slows down. This is a great bit of direction that combines every element of filmmaking and this is a genius moment by director Regina King slows down the story before it proper starts and it captures every element of prayer that the Muslim community would probably want to see conveyed on screen. Another great moment of editing transitioning in the film was earlier on. The was a great transition that was invisible when the story shifted from going from one character to another. This film really does have some great moments of editing considering that it is just 4 men mainly chat in a room.

Great bit of direction where the characters begin to disagree their blocking changes. Once again Regina King shines in one scene where all the characters begin to disagree with one another over their input towards the civil rights movement in USA. When the all start to disagree very moment of blocking is really well crafter. The actors change levels and they only move when the scene motivates them to do so. Regina King has shown the world that she is a master at blocking a scene and making it that bit more gripping.

To conclude, there was some great all-round performances with great chemistry between all actors with a strong message that carries the story. Regina King has shown the world how good she is at directing and how simple and effortless she makes it all look. The song ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ deserve an Oscar for best original song. This film is good enough and has real depth but didn’t amaze me overall.

I rate this movie a 3.5/5.

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