Movie #88 Black Dynamite
(2009, US, d. Scott Sanders)
Black Dynamite, in my opinion, is a film that succeeds both artistically, intellectually, and commercially. It’s an homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970’s and every minute detail of those, from minor inconsistencies to lingo to plot lines, was constructed using those films as inspiration. It’s funny and stupid enough to be liked by any regular movie-goer, but I also think it’s a very smart film and a very attentive film that fans can appreciate. I’m not saying that I’ve ever seen a full blaxploitation films but if it counts at all, watching trailers for those on YouTube is always a treat. All of the characters, especially the lead, provide great performances and the wonderful special effects were very enjoyable to watch. Even the theme of the piece reflected cultural sentiments of the time. If only Black society had a Black Dynamite figure to “stick it to The Man”, then the world would be a better place, you dig?