Can you dig it?
Black Dynamite is a 2009 homage to the Blaxploitation films of the 1970's, but it is still a refreshing and hilarious movie, that deserved more recognition than it got. Honestly Black Dynamite is the funniest movie I have seen in years, and had me laughing the entire way through. The mix of satire and nostalgia, combined with the seriousness with which Black Dynamite takes itself makes it one hell of a comedy power punch. It captures and reproduces all the aspects of classic 1970's Blaxploitation cinema almost perfectly, and when it isn't it is doing it on purpose.
|"Shh. Mama, you're gonna wake up the rest of the bitches."|
I am somewhat disappointed to learn that the released version is six minutes shorter than the one shown originally at Sundance, but it does explain the films strange 84 minute length. However while I would argue that this is short for a movie, it fits Black Dynamite just fine. While the movie gets all of the characteristics right, its story is probably it's weakest part. Extremely fast, Black Dynamite probably crams in a good 3 movies worth of events, but when it comes to Black Dynamite, the more the merrier. The story starts out pretty standard, Black Dynamite, a dedicated community member, always willing to "take care of the girls when they're down and out and ain't have no pimp." So when a epidemic of smack hits the streets, and even the orphanage, Black Dynamite will declare war, and clean up the streets. However where it goes from there is a little unpredictable as the trail leads all the way to the biggest house of power of "The Man", the white house.
Black Dynamite also features a number of great action scenes, with everything from Kung-Fu, to explosions, to pimp-slapping. The cast is great as well, creating the perfect characters for this movie. Combine that with the amazing soundtrack, and the movie's only fault is the story it crammed too much into and didn't go deep enough into. However, I think that was the best way to do it, too much focus on the story would have detracted from the rest of the movie's awesomeness and humour.
|Black Dynamite even makes hanging up the phone hilarious.|
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