Black Dynamite (2009) is one of my favourite films of all time. Seriously. It is a wonderful film; a great satire; and an homage to classic Blaxploitation cinema. Also, it’s just plain stupid (in a good, smart way.)
It has now been 10 years since the first time I saw this movie. It was right before I started my second year of university. In honour of the film’s 10 year anniversary, I just wanted to reflect on what makes Black Dynamite so special. At least to me.
First of all, I only had a passing knowledge of Blaxploitation cinema when I first saw the movie. I did not know the source material that Black Dynamite was parodying and satirizing. I am, and have always been, a very white man after all. Even without prior knowledge of its influences, this movie is the right kind of stupid that is a fit for anyone who considers themself a comedy fan.
With the recent release of Dolemite is My Name (a great movie in its own regard), there has been a renewed interest in Rudy Ray Moore and his wealth of work. Black Dynamite clearly showcases its reverence for Dolemite and Rudy Ray Moore in terms of the film’s characters (I’m looking at you Bullhorn), the acting, deliberately bad production, and so on. Before Black Dynamite, the only references to Dolemite I knew were from rap songs and MadTV sketches. Nowadays, having and understanding of the reference material, I have a greater respect for both Dolemite and Black Dynamite.
In addition to being a loving send-up of blaxploitation epics, Black Dynamite is such a memorable movie for me because of the cast. Michael Jai White is immensely hilarious as the titular Black Dynamite, but the whole supporting cast all do their best to make the movie endlessly quotable. Here’s some proof:
There are plenty more reasons why this movie is great (kung fu fighting, sweet music, use of stock footage, etc.), but you really just need to see it for yourself. I hope the rumours I hear about a sequel are true because I need more of it, and the animated series left me wanting. I don’t think the film is streaming anywhere, so buy a copy for cheap and enjoy. Just know that this movie is rated R.
Finally, I made sure to not post the best scenes from the movie, but here’s one last video:
Wait, wait, wait, I forgot to mention that this movie is very sexy and sensual. How could I resist this one last gem: