Just finished watching the Netflix Movie, Dolemite Is My Name (2019)– which I found was informative, entertaining, and inspiring. The movie is based off a real story from an American actor Rudy Ray Moore, a black entertainer known for his hit movie Dolemite originally released in 1975.
The Netflix Movie, Dolemite Is My Name, is a biopic of Dolemite played by Eddie Murphy, showcasing the personal struggle Rudy experienced as an aspiring entertainer. He started off performing comedy at clubs and bars, later growing a strong desire to release his own film. Even though he faced constant doubt and rejection from low to high level people, he kept steadfast in his belief of making his movie a hit. With the right people behind him and the right amount of passion and perseverance, he laughed all the way to the bank.. grossing about $10 million in the box office making his movie number one hit of the year. Despite the number of times he was rejected by huge production labels, he managed to make his movie a success. Regardless of the hate, he remained true to himself and his vision. Though this may have been decades ago in the 70’s, I don’t see how any different it could be decades later… The movie touched upon racy subjects such was blaxploitation that remains heavily prevalent the entertainment industry today. I found that 70’s were no different than today. Part of the reason the movie was first rejected by the big industry people was because of its vulgarity and crudeness. However, based off the peoples’ reactions and attraction the movie, producers had no real choice but to take part. They needed to give what the people wanted. Much the same way twerking and nudity permeates social media today, which needless to say may not always be a matter of ethics but what gets people to come back.. Movie was definitely thought-provoking both theoretically and personally as an artist myself.. If ya’ll have Netflix, I reommend ya’ll giving it a shot. You’ll definitely get a kick out of it as I did.