Candyman ★★★★

This was one of my most anticipated of the year and while my degenerate ass wanted a little more gore/mayhem, I love everything Nia Dacosta is doing with this story. I’ve seen reviews faulting this for having too much going on, too many different themes it touched on, etc. but I’ve really enjoyed picking apart everything Dacosta is trying to say and I think she provokes a lot of deeper thought very effectively. Is it as effective when taken at face value as a horror movie? Maybe not, but it’s very clear that’s not the point. Just like how Little Woods was never as straightforward with its themes as its premise suggested, Candyman can be tough to define but I enjoyed the time I spent figuring it out.

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