Thursday, May 27, 2010

Black Dynamite (2009)


Local legend Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) must team up with a group of revolutionaries to take on The Man for a series of drug related incidents that have plagued his local ghetto.

"Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!"

Ever seen a film so indescribably awesome you secretly want to mate with it? No? Just me? Well, then you obviously haven't seen Black Dynamite. A pitch perfect parody of 1960's and 1970's blaxploitation films (specifically films like Shaft, Disco Godfather, Three The Hard Way, among many others).

In order to get you hooked, Black Dynamite dives right into the spoof, with scenes so incredibly over the top you're instantly aware of its comedic intentions. And while some may find it getting old, Michael Jai White and Scott Sanders are there at every turn to bring something new to the table. How do they do this? Quite simple: start small and just get exponentially bigger and crazier.

It's a brilliant scheme. Just when you think you've scene all this film has to offer, it brings something entirely out there to the table. This includes fight scenes involving ninjas, presidents, and just regular thugs. The kind of fun you can only get from films like this and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (a fellow spoof on blaxploitation films made in 1988). Where each scene is a brilliant look into the low production values, the high cheese factor, and, above all, the notion that when it doubt, just entertain.

And entertain is what it most definitely does. Each cast member is willing to ham it up to the extreme to make it work. Nothing is taken too seriously, and the film glides on the wings of its own insanity. No comedy in the last few years has made me laugh nearly this hard. And that's saying something.

If you enjoy your films packed with plenty of cheesy goodness, Black Dynamite is the film for you. Never taking itself so seriously it looses sight of its main goal: to be a hilariously off the wall parody.

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Candice Frederick said...

i have to admit this movie was not smart and not funny. such a waste

Univarn said...

@Candice For me it felt intentionally stupid and absolutely hilarious. But alas that's how film perception goes :)

SugaryCynic said...

I loved it so much. The scene where they figure out the secret behind the malt liquor makes me laugh so hard I cry

Castor said...

Loved it as you know. Michael Jai White was absolutely on top of his game and it looked so cheesy it was hilarious. Best thing is that they know when to fold the tent and keep it below 90 minutes as it does get a bit repetitive seeing the same gag over and over again.

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