Just When You Thought Eddie Murphy Was Done… Or We Were Done With Eddie Murphy? “Dolemite Is My Name” Review


The story of performer Rudy Ray Moore, who assumed the role of an iconic pimp named Dolemite during the 1970s.

Netflix kicks out yet another biopic with the bold pick of lead star Eddie Murphy to play the role of Rudy Ray Moore. Whose hopes of achieving stardom haven’t gone as planned. Instead, all the hard work and pitching has merely landed him an assistant manager job at a record store in the early 1970s and whatever emcee gigs he can muster at local clubs.

Now We all sort of wrote of Eddie Murphy as relevant enough to move us like he once did. Is it fair to blame the actor/actress for this sort of thing? Maybe an article topic for another day.

“How’d my life get so damn small?” the usually upbeat Moore muses at a low point, before stumbling upon the idea of developing a character around crude comedy, associated with an urban toast about a foul-mouthed pimp, Dolemite, whose rhyming pattern served as an inspiration for early Rap.

When Moore, by way of Murphy, takes on the stage persona of Dolemite, the film begins to come alive.

At a point, you cant help but wonder what the plot’s downturn will inevitably be. The film never fails to keep you engaged and emotionally involved with the character’s tribulations.

Of course Dolemite isn’t intended to be a cinematic masterpiece, it isn’t anything close to that. What it is, though, is a fun, feel-good biopic played wonderfully by an actor who’s near and dear to our hearts.

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