Dolemite is My Name (2019)
Released:October 25th, 2019
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Director: Craig Brewer
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karraszewski
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, T.I., Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock
I really didn’t know what to expect from this film. I had heard some good things scattered here or there, but little else. I was excited because Eddie Murphy seemed proud of this film and it had been a while since I saw that spark within him. I was hoping this movie would lead a comeback because I really missed the top-tier Murphy and felt he had more to share with the world. It would appear that this film which I didn’t know what to expect goes down as one of my favorite movies I watched this year to date (Februrary).
A middle-aged performer figures out a path to success which eventually leads him to create the feature film Dolemite during the Blaxploitation era of cinema.
The foul language is part of this story, it needs to be in there if we are talking about Dolemite. It adds to the historical accuracy of the film and even if I find it gross and unmentionable, it must be included. So this isn’t a knock on the film, but more an element of the film that I found gross. If anything it is a warning to those who don’t like gross-out humor very much. The first half-hour or so of this film is vile and the cast and crew wouldn’t have it any other way.
As far as the film is concerned there isn’t much in terms of bad to speak of. Maybe it is his tone of voice or his facial mannerisms, but I found Keenan-Michael Key’s performance to be inconsistent. All actors are going into a film to try to deceive us and make me feel that this is a whole new character. More times than not I just saw Key being himself. Perhaps this is something he and Jerry Jones have in common.
Eddie Murphy is powerful and phenomenal as Dolemite, he delivers among the best performances of his career!
The supporting cast around him is largely fantastic! I was ecstatic seeing all these talented people on film working together at a high-quality. Truly terrific.
Yes, the film is very dirty, but that is also a positive. So often today we see movies in theaters that have limits to what can be said,done, or shown. Dolemite Is My Name rides that limit to success and probably crosses it more than even I realize.
I tell people how I dislike Biopics for a variety of reasons almost all the time. Yes, this film has some of those issues, but it seems to lean into it. This turned out to be one of the most fun biopics I’ve ever seen. Dolemite Is My Name is foul, dirty, scandalous, and all-around fantastic! Eddie Murphy shines in one of the best films he’s done in near decades. Complete with a great cast and something a little different, a worthwhile film for the mature audience.
The Eddie Murphy Ladder
Coming to America (1988) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/movie-review-coming-to-america-1988/
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2020/06/17/retro-review-beverly-hills-cop-1984/
Trading Places (1983) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/02/17/tower-heist-2011-movie-review/
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Mr. Church (2012) (Want a review? Eddie Murphy does well, but it is sad! SAD! All the time!)
Daddy Day Care (2003) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/02/06/daddy-day-care-2003-movie-review/
A Thousand Words (2012) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/02/14/a-thousands-words-2012-flash-review/
The Nutty Professor (1996) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/01/07/the-nutty-professor-1996/
Harlem Nights (1989)
Doctor Dolittle (1998) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/01/10/nostalgia-review-doctor-dolittle-1998/
Another 48 Hrs (1990)
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Shrek the Third (2007)
Holy Man (1998)
The Distinguished Gentlemen (1992)