Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name ★★★½

While he still has some way to go before he can be completely forgiven for cinematic crimes such as A Thousand Words and Imagine That, there’s no denying it’s good to see Eddie Murphy back on our screens. Aside from reappearing as Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop TV movie in 2013 and barely making a noise in Mr. Church a few years ago, Murphy hasn’t been seen in anything of note for seven years, and now that's he's back it finally seems like he cares again.

Murphy’s likeability is the only thing he had going for him as he coasted through the past decade and a half in second gear. Playing one of his comedic inspirations, Rudy Ray Moore – aka Dolemite – has reignited him as a performer, and while the film plays it as safe as possible, Murphy is heavily invested in the material and carries it with his natural charisma. There’s even an outside chance it could pitch him into award season territory given the late-year release date.

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