Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name ★★★½

I'm so glad to see Eddie Murphy back onscreen, and at this point in his life he plays so well as a character who puts on a charismatic persona while still retaining a hint of aging insecurity beneath it all. The movie is surprisingly more, uh, adult, than the trailers made it out to be, but I respect the bold strokes at an authentic portrayal. The first act takes a while to get off the ground as it plays through several familiar underdog beats, but once the 2nd act starts and the movie production begins, things are breezy and fun as ever. Ironically, it's a blaxploitation version of The Disaster Artist that ends up having much more character and gratification than The Disaster Artist. I knew nothing about this story before now, and the movie makes it feel pretty consequential.

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