Let’s Get Reel: Black Dynamite

Kevin Doyle ’16, Movie Columnist

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In this movie review, I will be reviewing the 2009 Blaxploitation spoof, Black Dynamite, directed by Scott Sanders (who also appears in the movie). Unlike other low-brow spoof movies (Scary Movie, I am looking at you), this is one of the most detailed and well-done spoofs out there, starting out with the classic animated credits. Oh, and its really funny too.

The film follows Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White), a former CIA operative and Vietnam War veteran, who serves up his own version of kung fu justice. When Black Dynamite learns that his brother was gunned down by a mysterious group of people, he sets out to avenge his brother’s death. Along the way, he meets the foxy and confident Gloria Gray (Salli Richardson), who works as a community organizer. As he hunts down the people who are responsible for his brother’s death, he uncovers a larger conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. Naturally, only the one-man army of Black Dynamite can take down this dastardly plan.

One of the best things about this movie is its consistent humor right up to the end of the movie. Often spoof movies get tired early on and really only have enough material to fill up a trailer, but Black Dynamite keeps you laughing throughout. This can mainly be attributed to the diversity of jokes and gags throughout. There is plenty of physical humor, witty wordplay, situational jokes, and intentional gaffes in filming that all add to the hilarity of this movie.

Scott Sanders really took the time to make sure that almost everything in this movie was part of some Blaxploitation trope. The attention to detail is really quite astounding. From the unrealistic line delivery to reusing the same shot in the movie, Sanders really shows off his directing prowess by making fun of other director’s lack of polish.

If you are looking for a good fun movie that will keep your thoroughly entertained, look no farther than the comedic genius of Black Dynamite.

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