The new movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, is finally on Netflix. The film is quite a success and gifted us with another iconic role from Ms. Davis. The fact that she also gained 200 pounds for the movie and lost it all for her upcoming film, The Woman King, is pretty crazy. Viola Davis is such a dedicated actor and has gifted viewers with her skills in several notable movies.
Here’s a list of a few wonderful films starring Viola Davis:
The Help (2011)
The Help is a period drama that features such a talented cast, based on the 2009 book by Kathryn Stockett. The movie stars Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and more. The Help takes place in Mississippi and portrays what life was like for African-American maids during the 1960s. It centers on an aspiring writer that’s uncomfortable with all of the racism in her area. She then decides to help African-American maids get their voice out to the public and writes a book of their experiences. The book is a huge success, bringing awareness to how horrible socialites can be, but also consequently attracts drama.
Suicide Squad (2016)
This action-packed movie is based on the infamous DC Comics team of supervillains. Suicide Squad features Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, and many more. Unlike Marvel TV shows and movies, this DC film was quite dark. The movie follows what happens when a powerful political woman, Amanda Waller, assembles a team of the deadliest villains to carry out a suicide mission that may just save the world. Suicide Squad shows the teams first of many missions and reveals how crazy dynamics between the individuals can be.
Another action movie to add to Ms. Davis’ list is the heist thriller Widows. A heist movie with a twist, Widows is actually based on a 1983 British series of the same name. The film follows the death of four heist men after a bloody shoot out with the cops. With the men stealing from an infamous crime boss, their families are definitely in for it. However, instead of heading to the bank for a loan, the widows of the men carry out an unfinished heist to repay the angry crime boss. Full of crafty plans, unforeseen plot of twists, wild action, and heart-wrenching scenes, Widows isn’t a critically acclaimed film for nothing.
Finally, the movie that won Viola Davis her first Academy Award, and several other awards, is Fences. The film is directed by main lead Denzel Washington. Fences are also packed with iconic actors like Stephen McKinley Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney, and Viola Davis herself. The film tells the story of a sanitation worker, Troy Maxson, who dreamed of being a professional baseball player. By the time the league starts to allow black athletes to play, Troy is too old to play. The movie carries on to show how badly Troy reacts and how it affects his family relationships, especially with his son.