Movie Review: Black Dynamite

Movie Review: Black Dynamite

Summary: Black Dynamite avenges all of his enemies in this satire of the 1970s Black exploitation films.

Published October 16, 2009

black_dynamiteSummary : Black Dynamite avenges all of his enemies in this satire of the 1970s Black exploitation films.

Review : There have been several spoofs on the over-the-top era of Black exploitation films of the 1970s (one might say Black exploitation films were spoofs themselves). But, director Scott Sanders and co-writer Michael Jai White perfect the urban camp genre in a film that will easily go down as classic in the way of 1988’s I'm Gonna Git You Sucka or 1999’s Jackie’s Back . Black Dynamite is deliciously packed with jive talk, big Afros, sticking it to the man and lines like, “Shake the scene you turkeys!”

Michael Jai White, who is one of the most underrated actors of this generation, plays Black Dynamite . His performance as the smooth talking, always-lands-a-Kung-Fu-kick-and-never-gets-hit-by-a-bullet hero seems like he was time warped right from 1972. Everything from his look, walk and talk personified the big Black hero who overthrows "The Man," but still keeps his Afro even on each side while doing it.

On paper, Black Dynamite couldn't have been the most interesting. I couldn't imagine an actor reading lines that say, "This is where we stick it to The Man -- The Honky House!" and think it was brilliant comedy. Therefore, lines like these are all about the delivery and a clear vision. Sanders and the gifted comedians (Arsenio Hall , Kym Whitley , Tommy Davidson , and Nicole Sullivan ) deserve incredible accolades for nailing a film that could've clearly been a dud.

Black Dynamite is at its best when it overflows with camp and raunch. Names like Honeybee and hang out spots like Rosco's Chili and Donuts, make the trashy film enjoyable from the opening scene to the rolling credits. Furthermore, even if you’ve never seen a Black exploitation film you will be thoroughly entertained by “DY-NO-MITE! DY-NO-MITE!”

Black Dynamite is in theaters today.

Written by Clay Cane


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