Thursday, February 17, 2011
Dir: Gilbert Moses (Roots/Benson)
Starring: Roscoe H. Orman ( Sesame Street/f/x)
Thalmu Rasulala (Blacula/Cool Breeze/Cornbread, Earl and Me)
Willie Dynamite is one of New York Cities most prestigious Pimp's who is so hot that the authorities are constantly on his back. The film opens up with Willies Stable working a business convention at a upscale Hotel and After collecting his money from his girls he attends a meeting of all of his competition in which Bell another big rig in the game proposes a union of sorts, Dividing all of the profit and territory evenly. All of the Pimps are in on this but, Willie being the greedy man he is denies the proposition.
Willie Dynamite is a powerful tale of the Pimp game and at first glamorizes the issue like many other Blaxploitation films but, this one does take a sharp turn to reality as we watch the painful downfall of the main character and we also see how this life choice affects everyone involved. The acting and direction of this film is all tremendously well done although it is hard for me to see the guy from Sesame Street in the role of a low life , cut throat pimp. Truth be told though he does a tremendous job portraying the heartless Whore Monger.
Willie Dynamite is definitely a must see for all fans of Blaxploitation cinema and it truly belongs in the upper echelon of the collection with films like Shaft, Super Fly, The Mack and a few other classics. Surely This is one of the better made films of the genre and you can tell this one had a bigger budget than a majority of the films of this style that were coming out during this time.
Ass-Kickin': 5 ( Not heavy on the action, But this does not hold the film down what so ever)
Jive:9 ( Dialog is definitely a strong suit in this one)
Funk:7 ( Really solid soundtrack for this one, One of the better ones out there)
Playa's and Whitey's:7 ( superb acting , truly above par for the genre)
Ass and Tittay's:2 (For a film about prostitution this in incredibly low on nudity)
Overall on the Funk-O-Tron: 7 out of 10