Black Dynamite (2009)

Scott Sanders directs Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson and Salli Richardson in this spoof of blaxploitation cinema.

White and Sanders have created an almost too studied parody of the sub-genre. They celebrate the inherent excess of films like Shaft or Superfly with a faithfulness that is amusingly on point. Sometimes that’s the joke, sometimes the jokes are left out and sometimes the jokes are so subtle they feel at odds with tone of overall production. I get the feeling Black Dynamite works best as a cult movie. Watch it on repeat and the intentional flaws and busy forgery wins you over. As a one watcher though it just lacks the relentless zingers and shameless silliness of a Naked Gun.

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