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Friday, October 16, 2009

Black Dynamite

"We need you Black Dynamite, now more than ever."
A few months ago I got a chance to catch an advance screening of Black Dynamite starring Michael Jai White at The Tribeca Film Festival.
...Sigh...the best part of this movie was seeing Arsenio Hall again back on the big screen. Man, I miss watching his late night show in the 90s that gave us all a reason to pound our fists in the air shouting "woo woo woo!!" Those were the days...
But unfortunately this movie didn't prove to be well worth the anticipation of the great return.
White stars as the title character, a renaissance brother and "hero" single-handedly taking on "The Man," who he learned was selling drugs to Black kids and destroying the neighborhood all the while white law enforcement turned a blind eye. I think I might have just made the movie sound better than it was. But, trust me, it's not worth even a rental fee. It had a decent premise but the acting and direction was horrible. It falls into the category of what typically has become known as "Blaxploitation" films, but gave such films of the similar genre (for instance Coffy) a bad name.
The movie tried to parody those films but actually ended up making its own premise look more foolish and badly stereotypical. Black Dynamite is in theaters today. Click here to check out the trailer.

My rating: F


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Would be great to see Arsenio Hall again. Brings back great memories too thinking of his late night show I enjoyed watching.

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Unknown said...

The "bad acting and directing" was kind of the point. Especially when you have been acquainted with other films within it's genre. The bad editing, in later blaxploitation films, were inspired by Kung-Fu movies from the 70's, and was a heavy element in more niche blaxploitation flicks. I remember one actually had a fight sequence where an Asian woman shimmied her tits into a man's face as a Kung-Fu move, and she would disappear by just hiding behind a cloth.

I think they got it right with this one. However, it is nowhere as funny as REAL blaxploitation cult-classics.

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