This summer Black Dynamite won the coveted 2009 Golden Space Needle for Best Film at SIFF.
My good friend Stacelina saw it at SIFF and would not shut up talking. She even saw it twice in the short time it was playing. She guaranteed I would love the movie – she was right.
The film is a blaxploitation throwback to the 1970’s. Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is on a mission to rid the streets of heroin after his brother Jimmy is killed by “The Man”. Black Dynamite is recruited by the CIA and reissued his “license to kick *expletive*”. What Black Dynamite doesn’t know is that this trail leads to the top……………..all the way to the top.
I know there are a lot of movies you could go see this weekend – Black Dynamite is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in years. The movie is full of the elements that make a good comedy. There is a good script, hilarious characters, funny story, physical comedy mixed. Go to IMDB and check out some of the character names. I can’t even read the names without laughing. Not to mention the movie is so over the top, you have no idea what they are going to do or say next.
What I enjoyed most (and I think audiences will too) is how original this film is. Director Scott Sanders said, “The trailer ran along with Zombieland. All the other trailers sounded alike the ominous tones. Our trailer comes on with the funky music and grainy film.” Indeed the movie is different, and that’s part of the appeal. We’ve seen it already this summer with (500) of Summer, District 9, The Hangover, and Paranormal Activity.
Scott also does a fantastic job using his camera to capture the essence of the 1970’s. It will give audiences a taste of what Blaxploitation was like 35 years ago.
I had concerns about the movie only being funny to a select audience, but at the screening, EVERYONE was laughing. Scott said, “We showed the movie in the Czech Republic and the theater was packed with 1,200 people. They let another 100 people in after that.” He went on to say, “These kids don’t anything about Blaxploitation films, but they enjoyed the movie.” For whatever reason, this movie connects with a lot of people. Like C-ra says, “Funny is funny.”
This morning I added Black Dynamite to my funniest movie list. What made the movie so entertaining was the script. A process Michael Jai White described to me as “organic”. He said, “People always tell me I’m good in movies BUT I have make-up, lighting, music. I get a lot of help. When you’re writing, it’s just you.” The movie has at least 4-5 laugh out loud lines. I hope MJW gets the credit he deserves for the wonderful job he did writing the script.
My suggestion: Black Dynamite is an instant classic. The movie is comedy for the entire 90 minutes. Not only is the movie clever and original, it’s also hilarious. This movie will not disappoint you at all. If you live in Seattle, consider yourself lucky. Black Dynamite is only opening in six cities across the nation LA, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Philly, and Seattle . How often does that happen? Scott Sanders said the most frequently asked questions at the film festivals is “Are you making Black Dynamite 2?” I sure hope so.
–Tim Hall for Seattle PI