Dolemite Is My Name ★★★★★

It’s too surreal to even be used to the idea that this exists, much less write a coherent review. I’m a fan of Murphy, Brewer and of Moore (who I saw in concert less than a decade before he passed).

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME took longer to get to the making of the actual movie than I thought it would, but it’s not like you’re just sitting there waiting for what is, at least in part, Eddie Murphy starring in a note for note DOLEMITE remake. The movie is really funny, particularly whenever Rudy and his pals are just hanging out.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Lady Reed and Titus Burgess as Theodore were the standout performances for me, and I couldn’t get enough of them on screen. Wesley Snipes is super weird in it, almost self-aware, but it just reminds you how unique he really is.

I don’t know if there will be awards for this, though I hope I’m wrong. If it does, it’ll be for the costumes and art direction, which are incredible right down to the Immoral Three poster on the wall and the flier acknowledging Moore’s colleagues Wildman Steve and Leroy & Skillet.

Brewer keeps it light, so don’t expect the grit of movies like HUSTLE & FLOW or BLACK SNAKE MOAN. The feel here is fun, celebratory and reverential. I’m glad Eddie is back and I’m even more glad about the attention and renewed interest in Moore’s work.

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