(November 22, 2020) Original
(January 10, 2021) New Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#5)
December 25, 2020
From IMDb: “One Night in Miami is 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.”
Poster Rating: C+ / C+ (4)
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Review: (#1) The trend towards large titling and open space above the actors’ heads is a bit disconcerting as is the staged and obviously out of place central figures in the lower third.
(#2-#5) The only truly laudable thing about these character posters is switching up the background designs. They are otherwise uninspired.
Trailer Rating: C+ / B+
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Review: (#1) While the film is supposed to be about four great figures of the Civil Rights Era getting together and having great conversations, there’s a serious lack of dialogue in the trailer to encourage audiences to see it.
(#2) Rather than adding the dialogue I had hoped for after seeing the original trailer, they did something perhaps better in showing how the film completely opens up the play. A lot of plays feel stage-bound when translated to the big screen, but this trailer suggests something fascinating, a film that opens up its narrative to the events around it and makes the whole affair look like something bigger than itself.
With the types of figures in this film, legends each, it wouldn’t be surprising to see one or more of the actors playing them nominated for the Oscars.