Dolemite Is My Name. 2019. USA. Directed by Craig Brewer. Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski. With Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan Michael-Key. 117 min.
The genesis of cinematic genius (and the genius-adjacent) has been the subject of many movies, but none of them have delved into a character as charismatic and suave as Rudy Ray Moore (with the possible exception of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood). As portrayed by a never-better Eddie Murphy, Moore is the most endearing real-life character you’re likely to see on screen this year. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (who, as it happens, also wrote Ed Wood), the film follows the infamous, hilarious production of Moore’s 1975 blacksploitation classic Dolemite. Bathed in costume designer Ruth E. Carter’s ’70s-era glamor, and featuring fall-on-the-floor-great supporting performances by Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Wesley Snipes, this film is already legendary. Courtesy Netflix.