Finally the spoof genre returns to form… can you dig it?
Cast: Michael Jai White, Obba Babatunde, Kevin Chapman & Tommy Davidson
Directed by: Scott Sanders
Screenplay by: Michael Jai White, Byron Minns & Scott Sanders
1970, Black Dynamite is out to catch the men responsible for his brother’s death, and as he gets closer to the truth, he unravels a conspiracy that goes right to the very top of the government.
Prepare to shudder as you read this list of films; Scary Movie 2, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet The Spartans, Disaster Movie and Vampires Suck. That collection of rubbish sadly makes up 90% of the spoof genre output from recent years, which is a real shame considering spoof pictures once upon a time flourished with the likes of Airplane! and Hot Shots! Unfortunately that kind of bang-on-the-money parody is a very distant memory now. Writing and directing duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are responsible for the current state the genre finds itself in, so thank heavens that this blaxploitation parody – that went down extremely well at this year’s Sundance Film Festival – is not the latest ill-advised attempt from Friedberg and Seltzer, and does not contain the word ‘Movie’ in the title.
Black Dynamite is a different beast altogether. A proper send-up of blaxploitation flicks, including those signature over-the-top zooms, visible boom mikes, characters speaking there action as well as there lines, theme music that helps tell the story and of course, lots of crazy Kung-Fu action in super slo-mo. It’s all painstakingly accurate and shows the filmmakers clearly know the subject they are spoofing inside out. A great gag accompanies every single scene and even though some of these gags won’t ring true to everyone, you’re probably still laugh anyway. It’s all held together brilliantly by Michael Jai White, delivering his one-liners masterfully and handling the Kung-Fu with aplomb.
Smart, hilarious and damn right bonkers, Black Dynamite goes all out to claw black some respect for a genre in total dismay, and that is a beautiful sight indeed. Y’dig?