As 2020 comes to a close, we remember who we lost this past year, including actor Chadwick Boseman, who became a movie star following his mesmerizing portrayal of Wakanda's king, The Black Panther/Tchalla form the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which became a cultural phenomenon.

His legacy continues with his last and final screen performance in George C Wolfe's adaption of August Wilson's play, which he will be presumably nominated for at next year's Oscars, along with Viola Davis ("Dbout," "The Help") and the rest of the cast. Wolfe's assured direction and great writing help create this masterpiece.

In 1920's Chicago, the film follows a blues band led by singer Ma Rainey played masterfully by Viola Davis, and the tension that arises along with her trumpeter Levee, playing by Boseman. It also tackles social issues relevant to those times well, giving it some significance.

A talent gone too soon

Boseman left his stamp on the film industry, appearing in "Get on Up," "Marshall," and "42" playing black icons James Brown, Jackie Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall.

His performances as The Black Panther starting with his introduction in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" 2018's "Black Panther," as well as "Avenger's: Infinity War," and "Avenger's Endgame," the biggest movie of all time stood the test of time and should never be forgotten.

After the announcement of his death and secret four year battle with Colon Cancer, the world was shocked at how someone so young and talented could be taken so early. His final performance is his greatest giving audiences everything he had in it.

Boseman, Davis shine

Boseman's performance as Levee is out of this world, giving audiences a wide range of arrogant trumpeter emotions.

He fully embodies the complex character just as he did playing black icons. His performance will surely get him nominated at next year's Oscars.

Davis, as always, gives an amazing performance, this time as Blues Singer Ma Rainey. She disappears into the character and makes you forget she's acting. Davis, too, may very well be honored at the Oscars next year.

Supporting characters shine

While Boseman and Davis anchor the film, Colman Domingo and Glynn Turman also give great performances as their bandmate's Cutler and Toledo, respectively. The arguments they have with Levee resonate well. They create an accurate picture of tensions that arise behind the scenes.

Greatly assured direction, writing

Wolfe's effort to make the film seem more of a movie and less of a stage production really stood out. While the majority of the scenes are in the recording studio, Wolfe makes the audience believe that this is indeed a movie and not a stage play, on which this is based on. Ruben Santiago-Hudson's writing really captures the essence of Wilson's words of which the actors also successfully do, and creates an engaging film.


Overall, this was a great adaption of a famous August Wilson play and may very well be honored at next year's Oscars. Boseman and Davis give amazing performances and Wolfe's assured direction and Santiago-Hudson's