Dolemite Is My Name ★★★★

Dolemite Is My Name is marvelous, dripping with empathy and humor that puts the audience completely with Moore. He's not a perfect man, but he's trying his best, hustling as well as he can to get what he wants, knowing in his heart he's not the failure others believe him to be. Murphy embodies him brilliantly, building a marvelous shield that only occasionally goes down. The character protects from vulnerability, but it can also bring such joy.

Honestly, the script here hits many beats that have been hit several times before, but it feels fresh here simply due to the particular world and story being one rarely revisited in mainstream biopics. The ensemble is full of actors who don't often get such a good showcase of material, and in particular, Snipes, Key and Burgess do an excellent job opposite Murphy. Yet it's Randolph, a relative discovery, who is the heart of the film and makes it clear that Moore is genuinely a good person worthy of this second immortalization. Her performance as Lady Reed is genuinely effecting.

Dolemite Is My Name is the definition of a well-done film, shining a spotlight on a lesser known comedy hero of the 70s. Funny and inspirational, it's a crowdpleaser that works just as well when you're watching it on Netflix by yourself. Very enjoyable.

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