Dolemite Is My Name ★★★★

"I got to get up on that light. If I get up in that light, with my own movie, I could be everywhere. I could be everywhere all at once."

Raise your hand if, growing up, Eddie Murphy was a comedy staple in your household. The amount of laughs the talented comedian has brought over the years encapsulates the power of his iconic brand of frenzied humor. His influence is so pronounced that I had to do a double take when I realized just how long it's been since I caught one of his films. For that alone, I'm thankful for Dolemite Is My Name, what can only be described as a roaring return to form for the laugh master.

Craig Brewer's film, much like Murphy and Rudy Ray Moore themselves, carries itself with an infectious energy that continually amuses while it touches on timely social criticisms. Despite covering familiar underdog narrative territory (this was often reminiscent of The Disaster Artist), it does a fine job capturing the unique approach and scrappy spirit of its real-life counterparts. It's as much a funny and heartfelt ode to the man, the myth, and the legend as it is a rallying cry to encourage those who hold onto their dreams despite the crushing menace of reality looming above them.

P.S. I audibly gasped when I saw a gigantic Kodi Smit-McPhee in this. Time is flying by terrifyingly fast.

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