TIFF 2019: First Reactions For ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Applaud a Dynamite Performance From Eddie Murphy

According to first reactions out of Toronto International Film Festival, Eddie Murphy is triumphant in Craig Brewer‘s “Dolemite Is My Name.” Murphy, an Academy Award nominee for “Dreamgirls,” stars in this dramedy as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

The cast includes Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip “TI” Harris, Luenell and Tasha Smith.

Under the fiery and spunky persona, Dolemite finds the resources to make a name for himself in what becomes the 1975 Blaxploitation film “Dolemite.” Rudy recruits the help of his friend Jerry Jones (Keegan Michael-Key) to write the script with D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes) directing.

Brewer directs from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Brewer’s previous directing credits include “Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “Footloose” (2011).

First reactions started coming out of TIFF via Twitter, with viewers calling it a definite “feel good” movie. Reactions also highlight Murphy’s return to what made him an icon in the first place:

Katey Rich of Vanity Fair raves about Ruth E. Carter‘s impeccable costume design in the film. Carter won an Academy Award for her costume work on 2018’s “Black Panther. Could this mean a return to the Oscars for her?:

“Dolemite Is My Name” will be distributed by Netflix. The film hits theaters October 4, followed by a streaming release on October 25.

What do you think of the first reactions for “Dolemite Is My Name” out of TIFF? Do you feel it has awards potential going into the fall? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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