Release Date: October 25
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Keegan Michael-Key, Mike Epps, Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, Da’vine Joy Randolph, et al
At its core, ‘Dolemite is my name‘ is a story about resilience. One of those movies to reiterate the age-old lesson that you can be anything you want to be, as long as you put your mind to it.
Eddie Murphy isn’t a living legend for nothing, he still got the charm. Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolemite) won’t be remembered as one of his most iconic roles but it won’t be easily forgotten either.
Netflix has an Oscar contender in hand. Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipe put up some of this movie’s best performances, so they’ve got a fair shot at clinching the statue for Best Actor. The costumer, too, does a great job, and so does the screenwriter. Powerful stuff before and behind the camera.
In a way, Dolemite Is My Name risks being compared to 2017’s Disaster Artiste. Both movies tell the story behind the making of two movies with some of Hollywood’s greatest cult followings. But in many ways, they’re different, with the former inching towards the finish line. This doesn’t completely exonerate Dolemite Is My Name from all appraisals, it does have its issues, particularly its pacing. Most events happening are breezed through with such haste, you could pretend they didn’t happen and it still won’t hurt the way you feel about the movie, generally. It would’ve helped if we could care more about the supporting characters. The families behind the people behind Dolemite. And obvious resistance black people trying to break into a predominantly white industry yould have passed through.
Dolemite Is My Name (DIMN) is filthy, no doubt about that. There’s strong use of language and repeated depiction of violence and nudity. This obviously isn’t a movie for kids.
Don’t get too excited about this movie and go see the 1975 Dolemite movie. You might hate yourself for it.
Directed By: Criag Brewer
Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5