In what may be Eddie Murphy’s best acting role since Shrek, Dolemite is my Name came to Netflix last Friday. With a great cast and a career-best performance from Eddie Murphy, it is well worth the two hours on Netflix.
Dolemite is my Name follows the life of Rudy Ray Moore, a failed singer-turned successful comedian. A very pervasive comedian, Rudy Ray Moore would do his stand-up under the alter-ego of Dolemite. Dolemite was the confident, suave man that Moore could never be. Eventually, Moore became so successful that he had a record deal and went on tour doing his routine, life was good for Rudy Ray Moore. When Moore had it all, he wanted more. Moore banked on himself and wanted to make a movie.
The first thing that comes to mind for this movie was how great Eddie Murphy was. Murphy had been out of the spotlight for quite some time now and it was great to see him come back in such a big way. He was hilarious when he needed to be and could also deliver on the emotional parts as well. Moore’s life had the highest of highs, but he also experienced the lowest of the lows and Murphy did a great job portraying that.
I really enjoyed the supporting cast in the film as well. In a movie completely dominated by Murphy’s portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore, everyone else more than delivered on their parts, especially Wesley Snipes as D’Urville Martin. Snipes played the bad guy in the film, constantly kicking Moore down throughout the entire production of the movie. Much like Murphy, the way Snipes delivered his lines and carried himself in the film was terrific. That’s not to take anything away from the rest of the cast, headlined by Craig Robinson and Keegan Michael-Key, because like I said the entire cast was great.
I also like how this was a Netflix movie because I can sit in the comfort of my own home, pause it whenever I need to, and jump right back in it. I love going to the movies, I mean I really love it. But every once in a while, it is nice to watch a movie at home. I also think this helps get the movie out to other audiences, such as myself. I honestly don’t know if I would have seen it if it had a traditional movie run in theaters, so I am thankful that Netflix had it because I truly enjoyed this movie.
Never did I think in 2019 that a movie with Eddie Murphy, especially given his recent movies, is a movie that I wanted to watch but it was fantastic . With the wonderful cast and the convenience of being a movie on Netflix, Dolemite is my Name is great two hours spent.
My Score: 87/100