Must-watch movies on Netflix: Dolemite Is My Name
Release Year: 2019
Directed By: Craig Brewer
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Wesley Snipes
For decades, Eddie Murphy has been making us laugh onscreen, and he’s still putting in the work to provide us with the lightness we need. In 2019, Murphy disappeared into the mesmerizing biographical comedy-drama film Dolemite Is My Name for Netflix. Based on the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, Murphy stars as the former comedian and blaxploitation film star who created the larger-than-life character known as Dolemite. The biopic tracks the inception of the character and Moore’s rise to fame in an anti-establishment kung-fu movie with high stakes for the performer.
Dolemite Is My Name grabbed overwhelmingly positive reception from critics upon release, as evidenced by its 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For his performance as Rudy Ray Moore, Murphy earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, his first since 2007 for Dreamgirls. Although this film went mostly under the radar among 2019’s bigger headline grabbers, there’s nothing under the radar about Eddie Murphy’s performance or the boldness of his real-life character. If you’re looking for something new to stream, here’s a must-watch.