Weekend Film Recommendation: “Black Dynamite” (2009)

18 Feb

By Brian “Pac” Sostak

The parody genre has lost some of its luster in recent years after the successes of Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, and Not Another Teen Movie led to a slew of knock-offs where the writers seemingly phoned it in for cheap laughs and PG-13 fart jokes.  Audiences can only fall for seeing Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Date Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Vampires Suck so many times before they wear so thin they avoid the genre all together.  Unfortunately, when that happens a film like Black Dynamite falls through the cracks.

A spoof of 1970s blaxploitation films, Black Dynamite follows the titular character as he tries to track down his brother’s killer.  As he investigates the murder he learns that there is a conspiracy that goes a lot deeper than he bargained for.  In addition to its parodying of blaxploitation, the film also pays homage to the kung-fu genre that was also popular during the same time.  The film is littered with recognizable faces (but not so much names) such as its star Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Spawn), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Miguel A. Núñez Jr. (Juwanna Man), John Salley, and Arsenio Hall. 

What separates Black Dynamite from other blaxploitation spoofs such as Undercover Brother and I’m Gonna Get You Sucka is the authenticity to the era.  The cinematography, score, effects, and deadpan delivery replicate the films of the era it’s mocking, and with a runtime of only 84 minutes it never wears thin.  The film pulls no punches with its crude language, sexuality, or adult humor; but it is all with reason as it fits into the well-crafted design.

Though the film only had a limited 2 week release in theaters, it was picked up for distribution after the high praise it received at Sundance in 2009.  Following Sundance it won best picture at  the Seattle International Film Festival, beating out the Academy’s choice for best picture that year, The Hurt Locker.  As with all of our weekend film recommendations, Black Dynamite is available instantly on Netflix.  So if you’re looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend and hour and a half this weekend crack a forty and have a laugh while watching Black Dynamite take down the man.

Just be careful what brand you buy

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  1. Weekend Film Recommendation: “Black Dynamite” (2009) (via Chris and Pac Take on Hollywood) | The Calculable - February 19, 2011

    […] Weekend Film Recommendation: “Black Dynamite” (2009) (via Chris and Pac Take on Hollywood) Posted on 19 February, 2011 by Jarle Petterson By Brian “Pac” Sostak The parody genre has lost some of its luster in recent years after the successes of Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, and Not Another Teen Movie led to a slew of knock-offs where the writers seemingly phoned it in for cheap laughs and PG-13 fart jokes.  Audiences can only fall for seeing Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Date Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Vampires Suck so many times before they wear so thin they avoid the genre all toge … Read More […]

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