Dolemite is My Name (2019)

Rating: 9.5/10

The true life story of Rudy Ray Moore as he developed and self-produced his character, Dolemite, from the ground up. Eddie Murphy perfectly plays Moore on his journey to become the most famous character to come out of the blaxploitation movement.

Exploration this life of a purely self-made man is one almost purely of ascension. When you start with nothing and have a dream the only way to go is up. That doesn’t mean a life of this nature doesn’t come with problems, far from it. But if we can learn something from Rudy Ray Moore it’s that in order to achieve our desires, we can never give up even when everyone else tells us we’re wrong.

This movie was great, but I have one complaint. I think because this movie is on Netflix filmmaker’s might think that means that they can make their movies longer, give it the Netflix-bump, so to speak. I’ve said it before, movies should be as long as they have to be, no more and no less. Well, I’ll take that one step further, and each scene of a movie should be as long as it needs to be, no more and no less, in order to tell that part of the film’s story, and editors should know how long a scene should be to tell the story. And just because premiering on Netflix dictates you can make your movie longer doesn’t always mean that you should.

SCORING:

+10: Amazing film about one man carrying out his dream, no matter what

-0.5: Just a few too many scenes that dragged

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