Jasper Loos’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dolemite is my name, and fuckin' up motherfuckers is my game!
Black Tommy Wiseau
Because of the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations, I will (of course) watch as many of them before the award show in one month.
Dolemite Is My Name, the new film of Eddie Murphy, is the kick-off of my race to the Globes.
I had no idea this was a true story. Rudy Ray Moore is just like Tommy Wiseau or Ed Wood, but way more successful.
Rudy's story is divided into two parts; his music / stand-up comedy and film career. Somehow, the two didn't fully connect for me, wherefore the whole didn't feel really satisfactory. I also expected the hobo from the beginning, the one Rudy stole his stories from, would come back to accuse him. But, because of the story being true, I understand.
At first, I was afraid the film would portray the white man as the main antagonist. It looked a lot like it, but luckily that turned another way.
Another very interesting layer of the film is Eddie Murphy. Just like, for example, Jim Carrey, he has become a character. Both actors always portray this typical, maddening character in films, wherefore they've become such a character themselves. Even outside the world of Film.
Being this is a sort-of comeback of Murphy, in some way he tells us the process of creating such a character. Taking it so far that your audience and fans only see the character and not the man under the mask. Dolemite is in fact just such a character as Eddie Murphy made of himself.
★★★ = Feeling
★★ = Story
★★★ = Cinematography
★★★ = Acting
★★★★ = Sound