Dolemite Is My Name ★★★★

"This movie's playing 'cross the whole country. It ain't got no titties, no funny, and no kung fu."

So passionately crafted and relentlessly endearing that it's downright inspiring at times. Dolemite Is My Name sees Eddie Murphy casted to genuine perfection as the electrifying and unwavering Rudy Ray Moore, a tenacious performer-turned-filmmaker whose unbelievable entrance into the blaxploitation genre with 1975's Dolemite has been lovingly chronicled by Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. With Craig Brewer at the helm, the biopic revels in the pleasures of this eccentric figure and his journey while never losing sight of the hardships, stakes, or pace. The entire experience is a madcap trip, one that's unquestionably bolstered by Murphy's phenomenal lead performance and the absolutely wonderful supporting cast that includes the likes of Wesley Snipes, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, and Mike Epps.

Dolemite Is My Name is certainly not without the familiar beats and occasionally contrived sentimentality that afflict an overwhelming number of biographical films, but the creatives, cast, and crew here all rise above and beyond most to deliver a lightening bolt both heartfelt and entertaining. Hilarious, engaging, sincere, and completely charming. It's a goddamn good flick.

"Dolemite is my name, and fuckin' up motherfuckers is my game!"

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