Candyman ★★

This is a really interesting predicament, because on one hand, we have the incredible talents of cinematographer John Guleserian, and actors Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris, giving the audience utterly gorgeous camerawork along with believable performances. And there are also some fantastic kills to go along with that. But on the other hand, the film decides to slap the audience in the face with it's social commentary on racism and art, to the point where it overshadows a lot of what could have been really creepy, but instead just comes off as a very heavy political drama with only a few horror centric scenes. This social commentary aspect of the film was so distracting to the point that it felt like the main plotline, and the whole Candyman thing felt like a sideplot. And the horror parts were so well done (from the sound design, to the cinematography, to the acting etc) that it makes it even more frustrating that the commentary wasn't. Also, I should mention that when the movie does finally get to the Candyman plotline, it feels like a slow build up with everything escalating to the grand finale. And then the third act feels like somebody scribbled on the script in sharpie, and the filmmakers tried their best to figure out what was written down. Existing character motivations are seemingly thrown out the window to try and make a climatic finale, which really falls flat. Overall, there are a few really bright spots in this film, and there's quite a bit to be appreciated. With that said though, it's annoying how there's so much to appreciate, yet there's so much more that falls flat.