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Black Dynamite (2009)

When i watched this movie, i couldn't help but compare it to Napolean Dynamite. It has that characteristic, where the universe is over-the-top ridiculous and the characters are over-the-top ridiculous and that creates for some great hilarity and some amazing laugh-out-loud moments.

Napolean Dynamite is a better in its construction in a few ways - plot development, because some of the twists and turns in Black Dynamite don't make much sense even in the context that it's creating for itself. Character development, because there's a pivotal moment in Napolean Dynamite where, even though Napolean himself doesn't change the person that he is, the perception of who and how he is changes drastically to his peers - which is the big payoff moment in the movie that still makes it one of my favorite movies of all time.

That said, Black Dynamite is a fun romp - well-constructed in its own right, top to bottom in its details and the genre of film that it's mimicking/paying tribute to. Its ridiculousness is a craft that is strongest in the beginning of the movie, but still sustains pretty well throughout even after the viewer gets used to it, and it hits the mark much more than it misses in a lot of its individual moments even if the bigger structure doesn't sustain as well as it could.

fails the bechdel test. despite there being a few prominent female characters, no two female characters ever talk to each other, and in fact, almost every instance of a female character talking at all is conversation with Black Dynamite that ultimately is about how awesome Black Dyanmite is. But the whole movie pretty much functions like that anyway - kind of like Jack Reacher, except that in Jack Reacher, you're supposed to take the movie seriously, which is absolutely ludicrous. Tom Cruise at his most serious has nothing on Michael Jai White at his most ridiculous.

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belenen
Jul. 30th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
intriguing! I like the way you write about films :)
lifeofmendel
Jul. 30th, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
thanks. :)
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