One Night in Miami
Drama / 2020
On the night of Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami, Cassius Clay joins Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X, and they discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement.
This week, there's a film with an extremely interesting premise (and lots of critical buzz) coming out called "One Night in Miami."
Imagine if four of the biggest African American influencers of their era (Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Malcom X) decided to get together to celebrate in Miami and improve the racist world around them.
The icons would have quite the stories to tell, there's no doubt about that. We're here to let you know if you should join the conversation.
Reasons to Sink
- There's really only one setting throughout the entire film which can make the story feel static at times.
- The movie goes into the racial issues occurring at the time, which turns into some heated debates. After the meeting, though, there's not really any one ultimate resolution.
Reasons to Stream
- The performances from the cast are amazing, and they do a great job of showing audiences the essence of these important African American figures.
- The meeting between these men is thought-provoking and powerful, and will likely compel many to seek out more about these leaders' history.
- Even with the limited action, the film's complexity and subject matter has the ability to captivate without ever really changing the setting.
Sink or Stream?
After seeing the meeting among these legends in "One Night in Miami," we heartily recommend you stream it.
Even though there wasn't an actual meeting in real life, director Regina King makes it feel like we're peering in on history in the making.
Leslie Odom Jr., Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aldis Hodge, and Eli Goree are magnificent portraying these characters and their interactions.