Candyman ★★★

Nia DaCosta has crafted a film that is visually engrossing and gloriously gory at one moment, then overly explanatory and thematically surface-level the next. Of course the film does have many highs but they’re all unfortunately bogged down by its refusal to cohere the tangle of provocative themes into one thought-provoking whole. Luckily the film is never boring though as DaCosta stages some genuinely inventive moments of terror, but when it stops right in its tracks to explain every little bit of subtext to the audience, it can begin to grow incredibly distracting. It’s not a bad film by any means and I’ll definitely be revisiting it later down the line, but it just left much more to be desired.

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