The true story of Rudy Ray Moore, creator of the
1970's blaxpoitation hit character Dolemite.
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Directed by Craig Brewer
Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Starring Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps,
Craig Robinson, Wesley Snipes, Da'Vine Joy Randolph,
Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, T.I.
Only Eddie Murphy could bring a larger than life figure like Rudy Ray Moore to life on screen, and he does so in one of the finest performances of his career. There's no doubt in my mind that Dolemite Is My Name will finally be the comeback vehicle that Murphy has been waiting for. This film is hilarious, inspirational, and a great retelling of one man's quest for fame. Rudy Ray Moore knew he had something to offer the world, and that something was Dolemite, the kung-fu fighting pimp with a heart of gold who made Moore a 1970's underground superstar.
Murphy's performance as Moore is flawless. He plays him as a determined man who never forgets his roots, and even after he achieves fame, it doesn't change who he is. Of course, movies often bend the truth when it comes to telling real stories, so I can't verify if that's what really happened, but it's a nice touch in the film. The supporting cast is great, particularly Wesley Snipes as pretentious professional actor D'Urville Martin. He definitely is playing against type here, and it shows. It's awesome to see Eddie Murphy in a good movie again. It's been too long.
Dolemite Is My Name shows the lengths that Rudy Ray Moore went to in order to be somebody. He created the character of Dolemite as a stand-up routine, but it evolved into a significant piece of his life and led to one of the most celebrated cult films of all time. In the end, Moore became a cult icon and got his wish to be remembered forever. "Dolemite is my name! And fucking up motherfuckers is my game!"