“Black Dynamite” came out a couple of years ago (’09), and has earned a great reputation for itself. But this is one of the great comedies of the last decade, and anything less than being recognized as such qualifies it as “Under the Radar” to me.
“Black Dynamite” is the story of Black Dynamite.
Black Dynamite is a leather coat wearing, afro sporting, nunchuck wielding, .44 magnum toting ex CIA agent.
When his brother is killed by drug dealers, Black Dynamite goes after revenge in a way that only HE can. Cleaning up the streets, kickin’ ass with Kung Fu, and makin’ time for the ladies.
The world of Black Dynamite is populated by characters with names such as “Cream Corn”, “Chicago Wind”, and “Chocolate Giddy-Up”. He himself never goes by anything other than “Black Dynamite”. Everyone dresses so Pimp that the only way to actually pick out the pimps is that they’re the ones with the walking sticks. This movie has more Lincolns than a Ford dealership.
Check out some of this dialogue, sucka!
“Ain’t nothin’ in the world get Black Dynamite more mad than some jive ass sucka dealin’ smack to the kids!”
“Hey lil’ mama, it may be bigger than you, and it may be bigger than me, but it ain’t bigger than you AND me, can you dig it?”
“Listen sucka, I’m blacker than the ace of spades and more militant than you and your whole damn army put together.”
This movie parodies the filmmaking style of the “Blaxploitation” era with such a mastery it can only be described as genius. The camera angles, the bad editing, stock footage, the sloppy takes, in frame boom mikes, poor sound mixing, the fight choreography… everything about this movie’s production values is a spoof on the production values of those films. The music is laden with rapid fire cymbal drumming and flange guitars. Every punch is delivered with an accompanying whip crack sound effect.
It’s hysterical from start to finish. Highly recommended.
I AM smiling.