Black Dynamite is a former CIA agent who is called back into service when ‘the man’ attacks his family, gets children addicted to drugs and takes the fight to African-American men in a very personal way. Set in the 1970’s, Black Dynamite is partly spoof, partly a homage to the blackploitation films of the time. As you’d expect much of the film and much of the plot is set in the ghetto, and focusses on drug dealers, pimps and general kung-fu treachery. Black Dynamite is the one man willing to take the fight from the blood-soaked city streets all the way to The White House.
Michael Jai White is amazing as Black Dynamite and never once breaks character, playing it straight so well that is just makes things even funnier. Black Dynamite is a martial arts warrior, has a second sense about bad guys, has an amazing gift for fashion and is of course an absolute hit with the ladies, all the ladies. It’s safe to say that this film is hilarious – there is some awesomely deliberate over-acting, bad choregraphy, great use and reference to cinematic cliches, and flawed scene continuity throughout. The storyline is ridiculous and ridiculously funny, as is the accompanying musical soundtrack.
This movie is just so fun and so enjoyable – the oneliners are great, but the overall story is also fantastically funny. I certainly hope it secures a wide release later in the year. What more can I say? You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (because of all the laughing), and then you’ll laugh some more.