File this Soul-Fu flick, “Black Dynamite,” under blown out in your blaxploitation library. The one thing I’ve always dug about the genre as a whole is the music and when the story is too vapid to hold you between laughs, it can be a reason to keep watching along with the hilarious get ups everyone’s got on. I’m not as excited about drug dealers, pimps, hoes and corrupt crackers as I used to be, which is why I don’t watch Fox News anymore.
But a blaxploitation comedy, I have some room for that. I’ve also been awaiting Arsenio Hall’s return to broke 2nd rate characters since his portrayal of Crying Man in “Harlem Nights.” Oh man, what a good time. Here he plays some fool called Tasty Freeze. Black Dynamite is Michael Jai White (“The Dark Knight,” “Spawn”). And don’t’ forget Captain Kangaroo neither.
Wax Poetics, the magazine and record label focused on the wide range of African American musical tradition, is responsible for the vintage funk and soul soundtrack with remixes by a cat called DJ Tittsworth. I’ll bet. On the score side, composer Adrian Younge gets credit for his first feature. Prior o this he’s made a couple of documentaries (“Respond to Sound”) on hip hop and dance and the joint evolution thereof. Interestingly, he is also the film’s editor.
Jive ass suckas beware: the following is a red band trailer with graphic language and partial nudity.
“Black Dynamite” hits October 16, 2009.