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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Baywatch (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Baywatch (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Baywatch is a let down. The trailer, rumoured 21 Jump Street style approach and The Rock made this look like a slam dunk but at near two hours and with a tone that can never decide whether it’s a knock about romp or semi-serious take it’s much less the sum of it’s parts.  Oh and I wont even labour too much on the boat sequence fire CGI (some of the worst CGI I’ve seen in a big screen blockbuster in 20 years). It has it’s moments and the cast try hard but this could have been SO much better.

Best Bit: Mitch meets Mitch

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Starsky & Hutch

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Author: Phil Hobden