Well made, thoroughly engaging documentary but nothing special. I enjoyed it though.
The main character is a pastiche of The Exorcist, The Swordsman(A Chinese Ghost Story), and Leon(the Professional). The film is structured like a mix between Leon, Evil Dead II, Die Hard, Girl, Interrupted and Dredd. And its score sounds like worryingly similar to that of Bubsy 3D. This film is just nuts. Nothing about it feels structured, yet it clearly borrows a lot from films with rather famous structures. Its comedy is just balls to the wall insanity, which doesnt…
I find that I react most strongly to film's or media in general that find magic in the human condition. This can be stories like Shape of Water, an inherently magic story, told with a sense of whimsy. Or films like Candyman, a magical story by nature but one steeped in tragedy and metaphor. Films that seek to exaggerate, embelish, or simply find the magic of life are my absolute favorite.
This film features no explicit magic. Yet every frame…
I am rumor. It is a blessed condition, believe me.
Candyman is about so many different things. Its about stereotyping and mythology. Its about race and gentrification. Its about domestic violence and sexuality. It'd be understandable for a movie, so ambitious in what it would like to talk about to be rather inept at doing so.
And yet, Candyman cements itself, not as an ambitious disappointment, but as a triumphant success story that these topics can be discussed, and discussed…