In Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night in Miami tells a fictional story of Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Malcolm X and Sam Cooke coming together to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960’s in a hotel in Miami. The screenplay written by Kemp Powers stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. as the iconic figures during the civil rights era in America. YouTuber Zach Pope shares his thoughts on the power packed film which made its debut at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
It’s easily one of my favorite movies of this year. I was taken back by the direction from Regina King and especially the writing from Kemp Powers, performances in here … whew… don’t even get me started, this film was coming for all of these awards.
A brilliant concept in which King directs with such flare and passion, says Pope, who feels the film is a refreshing take on the concept of depicting civil rights issues. The YouTuber also commends writer Kemp Powers for creating such a thought-provoking dialogue that just so happens to be completely relevant to the 1960’s as well as in today’s social climate.
I truly believe that Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Cassius Clay, were all having these brilliant conversations and having these excellent interactions with one other and all hanging out in this manner.
The entire film takes place in one setting and because of that the cinematography isn’t the most visually interesting or appealing, says the YouTuber, who wishes the film took more efforts into giving different camera angles or visuals. However, despite the tiny knit pick, Pope gives the film an A rating, claiming it is an Oscar worthy contender.
YouTuber Zach Pope rates and reviews movies on his channel regularly.