Candyman ★★★½

At once both a cunning continuation of the original film and a profound reinvention of it, DaCosta transforms the urban legend of Candyman from a demonic terror representative of the horrors of the black experience into a quasi antihero unto himself, reclaiming his collective trauma as a symbol of power rather than establishing him–and his legend–as a victim to it. What if Candyman wasn't a representation of the cycle of evil but a product of it, an angry and impassioned response to the decades of injustice faced by the communities for whom he acts as proxy. By definition, a mirror cannot reflect that which isn't there: Candyman is as real as he is a reflection of the public subconscious. The movie may be a bit messy, but so is the world for which it acts as a social commentary.

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