Candyman ★★★

Candyman lives in the grand tradition of horror as a commentary for societal fears, however it’s messaging is all over the place weighed down by mythology it chooses to incorporate. I can’t tell if the film is arguing that making art that revives a collective trauma is a good or bad thing. And adding ideas about gentrification on top of that was just way too much for the 90 minute runtime, even though I’m not positive that elongating the runtime can fix those problems. Unfortunately, I feel like the legacy of this movie belongs to Twitter accounts like @OnePerfectShot (as it is shot gorgeously by John Guleserian) and to completists of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s career.

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