"Can't nobody else understand what it's like being one of us, 'cept us," Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) tells Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) late into One Night in Miami. "You know: Young. Black. Righteous. Famous. Unapologetic."
He is, obviously, correct. Cassius, Sam, and the two friends waiting for them back at the hotel, Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) are in a class of their own. They're so famous you probably don't even need me, or this movie, to explain to you why they're famous.
So One Night in Miami doesn't really try. Though it does spend a few minutes at the top introducing each of the men — sketching out, in deft strokes, what they're known for, how others perceive them, and how they feel about how others perceive them in a world run by white people — it's more interested in digging past all that to find the men inside the myth and the personal inside the political. What emerges is a vivid snapshot of an intimate moment before everything changed, for these characters and for the world. Read more...More about Tiff, Movie Review, Regina King, One Night In Miami, and Entertainment