Candyman ★★★½

"It's a pretty approach. Not much room for viewer interpretation, you know." That line describes the movie in a nutshell.

Let's get the negatives out of the way first. It's filled with underdeveloped character arcs (Domingo's arc is an example of this) and subplots that go absolutely nowhere (Parris' come to mind). Another issue is the conclusion is way too abrupt for it's own good.

With those out of the way, I do enjoy this version of Candyman. Yes, the original is better. However, it's just as good. The performances are great with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Colman Domingo being highlights of the movie. It's full of stunning direction and camerawork from Nia DaCosta, a chilling atmosphere, and a poignant score from Lichens. Visually, it's radiant and rich because of the striking moments of reflections that fit well with the movie. The main themes and the political and social commentary is well executed for the most part.

Also, if you're willing to watch this, watch the 1992 version first. This version is more of a sequel than a remake.

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