Dolemite Is My Name

In 1970s LA, struggling comedian Rudy Ray Moore hits it big with his raunchy alter ego, Dolemite, then risks it all to take his act to the big screen.

Year: 2019
Certificate: 15
Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Lewis is my name and writing mother f–king Netflix reviews is my game! Woo, sorry about the attitude there, got a little carried away a little too invested in the latest film I’ve decided to review for you fine people.

Eddie Murphy stars as Rudy Ray Moore, a wannabe comedian who tries all he can to become famous. After failing to get his moment in the limelight provided by his local bar, he decides that if the public doesn’t want Rudy Ray Moore, he’ll give them something else. He proceeds to invent a character. A no-nonsense, foulmouthed, lady-loving, ass-kicking son of a bitch that goes by the name of… Dolemite.

Using the personality of Dolemite, Rudy uses rap mixed with comedy to create a cult following. Filling clubs becomes the norm, but for Rudy that just isn’t enough. He needs to see his name in lights! His next step to stardom was making his very own album. His records were played on the radio. They went international! Rudy Ray STILL wasn’t happy. So he sets his sights on Hollywood.

Dolemite is my name is a true story of one man’s quest for stardom. Detailing the journey from record salesman to Hollywood action star, if you can call what Rudy does as action. With such stars as Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson and more, this all-star cast really delivers. My favourite performance of the movie was Wesley Snipes playing D’Urville Martin. D’Urville was already a Hollywood star and Rudy Ray convinces him to be a part of his movie because quite frankly, nobody had a clue what they were doing!

Set in the 1970s “Dolemite Is My Name” is full of colourful clothes as well as colourful language (it earns it’s 15 certificate). Bright, in your face sets and costumes don’t take away from the incredible journey Rudy Ray Moore went through.

With a great script, some brilliant performances and plenty of laughs, “Dolemite Is My Name” is definitely a film you should enjoy.

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