Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So nearly 20 years after Samuel L Jackson took over the role of Shaft he’s back once again for a sequel/reboot that has more in common with 21 Jump Street and Starsky & Hutch in tone than it does the original shaft films.  Arriving in the UK direct to Netflix just weeks after its US release and with a bucket load of poor reviews, expectations were VERY low.  Which makes it a real surprise that the film was as good as it was.  Yup it won’t change the world and it certainly won’t win an awards but Jackson & Usher have great chemistry, the support cast are fine and the script knows what it has to do and when teh film finally reunites 3 generations of Shaft you cant help but smile. Yup the villains are mere cardboard cut outs, the story wafer thin and the plot you’ve seen before.  YET I laughed, I cheers and I dug it.  Well worth  watch.

Best Bit: Jackson was made for this quipping type role

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 21 Jump Street, Shaft (2000), Starsky & Hutch

 


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Superfly (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Superfly (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Superfly 2018 is a hot mess of a film.  A remake of the cult 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly, the film tells a familiar story of a Cocaine kingpin realising that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival.  What the film lacks is the insatiable cool of the 1972 original.  That down and dirty blaxploitation attitude is more than just a few guys using the N word a lot – which is very much the approach taken here. There’s a few nice bits and Jackson does his best but overall this film lacks that special something to make it more than a time passer.

Best Bit: Trevor Jackson does his best

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try:  Super Fly (1972), Jackie Brown, Shaft 

 


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