Cody Fryman’s review published on Letterboxd:
Eddie is back!!
How great is it to see Eddie Murphy in a great film again? Dolemite is My Name is the story of Rudy Ray Moore and his relentless pursuit of superstardom. This film feels like a passion project for Murphy, who once again, is at the top of his game. Dolemite is just so much fun and such a joy to watch. And it’s pretty incredible that a film with so much crass, so much vulgarity, can at the same time have so much heart and virtue.
Murphy is fucking fantastic in this. He brings Moore off the screen, presents him as the larger-than-life presence that he was. And despite the loud, obnioxus personality he displays throughout, it never feels over the top. He brings heart to the Moore character. Because at the heart of it, Moore’s story is one of perseverance, one of drive, one of not taking no for an answer. And Murphy’s portrayal brings justice to the insane life and career Moore lead.
The supporting cast is strong, with great performances from Craig Robinson, Keegan Michael Key and Wesley Snipes to name a few. In a small cameo, Bob Odenkirk shines, not that that is surprising at all.
Overall, this film is the light hearted, fun film we all need. It was a joy throughout! Highly recommend!