<Todd>’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Every city in America has those same five blocks, and those people are going to love it." - Rudy Ray,
- 2019 Ranked: boxd.it/2lsbC
I guess I like biopics now... that kind of snuck up on me.
Dolemite is My Name is the story of how Rudy Ray Moore, famous for films such as Dolemite and Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law, attained fame on the comedy circuit and eventually in the making of films. It's the origin story for Dolemite that I never knew I NEEDED and might be one of the most bizarrely joyful biopics since Ed Wood.
Eddie Murphy is fucking fantastic in this film. He doesn't really remind me of Rudy Ray Moore but he sells his own version of him so well that it just works. I think the biggest strength of this film is how brutally direct and honest the dialogue is and how unapologetic the film is about that. I love movies where a ton of flawed people work together to create something bizarre and that is the story of Dolemite. The surreal approach to the subject murder perfectly embodies the spirit of Rudy Ray Moore.