Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name ★★★★½

One of my favorites of the year. The first half of the movie details Rudy Ray Moore's rise to comedy stardom. Since Eddie Murphy is playing the part, you have to imagine he was able to relate and bring in some of his own past . Perhaps that's why he is so good here. The second half covers the making of Dolomite the movie. It's during this stretch that it bears more than a passing resemblance to Ed Wood. Given that both share the same screenwriters this may be somewhat intentional. There is even a scene in which Moore is talking to a potential distributor on the phone that echoes a similar one in that earlier film. Not that I am complaining, since Ed Wood happens to be one of my all time favorites. The cast here is solid with particular standout performances from Wesley Snipes and Da'Vine Joy Randolph. Hopefully this signifies the beginning of the Murphyaissance. (Please don't suck Coming 2 America).

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