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The Human Tornado is basically a variety show. Spliced into the plot are stand-up routines, belly dancers, fire swallowers and musicians. This format fits the Dolemite character perfectly, as it keeps the film within the appropriate context.
Rudy Ray Moore's signature style of guerilla blaxploitation filmmaking is as defiant, ribald, and outrageously funny as anything in the genre.
The most essential Dolomite movie - make sure to see the unedited version.
Moore followed up "Dolemite" with this hilarious sequel. From the opening credits featuring our hero performing dance moves in a variety of wild pimp outfits you know this is gonna be a riot. I'm no fan of martial arts but the fight scenes in this are so over the top and poorly choreographed they make compelling viewing. Moore even pays homage to Nicholas Roeg by inter-cutting a sex scene with footage of him chowing down on some post-coitus fried chicken. The theme tune is fantastic and this movie's soundtrack is a must-have for funk fans.
Dolemite, you heard me!!! That's right he's back, and meaner than ever as the Human Tornado. The Human Tornado doesn't have anything on the original Dolemite, although I don't really see how this is a sequel. How is Dolemite all of sudden a rich pillar of the black community? Why does Blakeley the cop from the original (he's credited as Detective Pete, but they call him Blakeley) not know who Dolemite is? Other than that, all of the new characters are instant classics, from the gay guy on down to the sheriff, and even the new "creeper" wanna-be. But no one can ever replace Mitchell and White. They should have escaped from prison and helped the sheriff hunt down Dolemite. Now can you dig that? The best part of the movie has got to be Ernie Hudson's dramatic scene when his brother is shot. "He's just playin'! He's just playin'!" Other greats include the intro and Rudy's theme song, and the brief second Dolemite is shown eating chicken during sex. Hilarious Blaxploitation. So all you no business baring, insecure, rat soup eating motha's better watch out for Dolemite!!
"He think he's bad and ain't got no class! I'm gon' rock this shotgun up his muthaf&@%n' ass!"
At some point half-way through this movie, you get rewarded for sitting through the first half, apart from Rudy Ray Moore jumping naked down a hill.
Finally, the Dolemite character moves out of a standard, poor-grade Blaxploitation, into a wonderfully cheesy poor-grade Blaxploitation. Dolomite isn't a Blaxploitation character, he was a stand-up comic character, and for the last hour, the character is in his element.
There is a fine line between "so-bad-its-good" and just bad... and you can watch the transition in this film, as the movie goes for the self-important laughs to decidedly surreal, cheesy laughs... from standardly-bad martial arts to astoundingly cheesy sped-up martial-arts with all the sound effects, and spanking.
Screw character development, we can see the actors, crew and Moore himself develop within the short span of a hour and a half, as if the movie-studio big-wigs casually stopped paying attention, and everyone was able to go for the gusto.
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