Fifth about The Seventh

Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name: Craig Brewer’s portrait of indefatigable, obstinate Rudy Ray Moore’s journey is an entertaining and colorful experience, not the least because of the hilariously profane language. He is a great, even inspiring character, believing in himself and those dear to him above all else. It helps he is so well played by Eddie Murphy: of course, he has the motor-mouth required by the fast, rhyming dialogue, but he also projects the sweetness that completes the character. The supporting cast is very fine, but two people stand out in particular: Da’Vine Joy Randolph as the insecure, almost accidental co-star, and Wesley Snipes, who is an absolute riot as the pretentious faux-aristocrat director. The costumes designed by Ruth E. Carter, and there are a lot of them, are loud, colorful, and excessive; in other words, a great match to the time period and characters.

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