|What did you just say about my hair?|
In a world where corruption rules the streets, kids are shooting drugs, and The Man is coming down hard on you and your brothas, one man takes a stand. That man is Black Dynamite, a nun-chuck wielding, woman loving, kung fu master who don't take no shit from no man. Never one to crack a smile, he patrols the town, delivering the ass whooping, and defending his lady love. When his brother is mysteriously and suddenly murdered, Black Dynamite takes matters into his own hands to bring the killers to justice and discovers a conspiracy that reaches into the very halls of Honky House. Along the way, he has sex with four, no, EIGHT, women (at the same time), shoots a donut, and battles a Chinese Kung Fu sensei. You know... normal things.
Oh, sure, look at it in any objective manner, and you'll find plot holes aplenty, bad writing, and weak progression. But, that's kind of what makes these movies so enjoyable. You welcome all the absurdities getting thrown at you with open arms, so that when Black Dynamite and Co go on a five minute trivia rant in order to figure out the effects of an adulterated malt liquor, you just shrug and keep watching. Bad guys are suddenly good guys; good guys are suddenly bad guys. The woman falls in love with the man instantly, and Black Dynamite very clearly kills someone, only to pick him up, dust him off, and send him home. It's not good on any level of integrity, but who gives a crap?
Michael Jai White, one of the most badass people alive, plays BD. You'd be forgiven if you were a tad worried about his abilities as an actor, since his most high profile thing to date has been a barely there role in The Dark Knight. But, Black Dynamite is his brain child, and he gives the role it's just deserves. He's hilarious, tough, and five kinds of awesome! Black Dynamite is a man who can throw an axe and have it strategically cut off a man's arm 30 seconds after he has entered the room, has fathered pretty much every single kid on the block, and other brag worthy exploits. Jai White does a bang up job with the character. He has serious comedic chops, something that hasn't really utilized in anything else. It's refreshing.
That's about it as far as performers go, because White is really the only "name" attached to this. But, everyone does a good job, tapping into their respective wells of over-the-topness and ridiculousness, and they are all hilarious.
|Fiendish Dr. Wu, you done fucked up now!|
Jai White and director Scott Sanders succeed the only way a movie like this can succeed. They both obviously love the genre they are satirizing, and not only that, they love the stupid parts above it all. And rather than go the Shaun of the Dead route and make a version of the film set in the present day, they opted to go the route of Tarantino and Rodriguez and recreate a blaxploitation flick down to the minutest detail. So, you'll get the crazy afros, the jivy funk soundtrack, and all the black empowerment you can get in a two hour package.
Of course, this a comedy, and Jai White and Sanders are not afraid to poke fun at the genre. So, you'll get boom mikes entering the frame. You'll get an incredibly over the top monologue about one character's experience in Nam. You'll get an actor getting replaced by his stunt double, mid-scene. And not just that. Jai White and Sanders do a great job of playing with the conventions that plague movies like this. Example: A man is talking loudly about his plans to start a family, only to be the proud recipient of a spear to the chest not five seconds later. To which Black Dynamite replies "Who saw that coming?" That's only one example in a sea of goodness.
Yeah, I can't really find anything to complain about. Sure, viewed on any objective level, and the film is a massive failure. But, that was the point, so, in reality, it's a resounding success. Look. All of the film's intentions and motives are thrown out the window when you realize that the film is friggin' hysterical! That's all you really need to know. Well, that, and never interrupt a man's kung fu! Seriously! Bad things will happen! Don't do it!