Dolemite Is My Name ★★★★½

“I want the world to know I exist!”

Special not just because it’s a glossily pitch perfect replication of an era, or because it’s so goddamn entertaining/funny on a near elemental level, but also due to the fact that it gets what makes the best exploitation cinema special. They’re movies crafted by weirdos who arguably had no right (let alone the skill) to make them, but were so driven to put their own image (and the image of their people) up on the screen that they couldn’t fail at any cost. Craig Brewer and Eddie Murphy have given us a real gift.