Candyman ★★★½

I'm glad this new version of Candyman exists, because it's a necessary, socially relevant continuation of the original Candyman universe. It's not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, but its highly stylish approach and a timely statement on police brutality ensure that Candyman 2021 won't be one of those money-grubbing efforts that are completely forgotten three months later.

Candyman 2021 brings the terror of the original ghetto killer to year 2019, where time has brought a new look both to the city landscape, and the filming style in equal measures. The new trend of exquisite, stylish cinematography is visually top-notch, but also lacks the gritty, almost nasty look that ultimately makes the original so unsettling to endure. Also the over-ambition of the writers to extend the gravity of the story by introducing multiple sub storylines but never knowing how to finish them properly certainly hurts the movie's chance to connect to its audience who cannot help but feel disoriented by its meandering nature and familiar tropes.

What's applaudable about the new version definitely lies in its unfiltered killing scenes, especially the bathroom scene, which truly is horror filmmaking at its finest. As for the social commentary element, it never takes the spotlight from the horror storyline, until the very last scenes where emotional outburst is simply inevitable, and closes the movie on a satisfyingly political note.

Overall Candyman is a decent, visually striking sequel that extends the Candyman universe quite successfully, although it still doesn't hold a candle to the original.

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