Movie Review – Candyman

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Where do I start? I’ve been staring at my screen for about an hour trying to come up with a review. I asked the man in charge (my brother, the CEO/Founder) if I could simply put “Meh.” That’s about it. He’d like a little more, so here it goes.

Plot (Spoilers)
In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.

Tony Todd as the Candyman. There is not one other person on the planet that could do what Tony Todd did for Candyman. His seductive voice sends shivers down your back. The way he moves, smooth and sensual. Yeah, I love Tony Todd. What I don’t like is they didn’t give me my Tony Todd until the very end. What!? There’s my first complaint.

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Second complaint: chemistry. The actors need it to make the story come to life. None. I felt no chemistry between any of the actors. It felt clunky and off-kilter. I didn’t develop any care for any of the characters. I was sitting in my seat thinking, just kill them all. Roll credits and I’m out of here. Usually, you’ve got the few characters that you’re rooting for, the ones that your heart bleeds for and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Nope. None.

Here’s a positive: the cinematography was awesome. The first two minutes of the movie were shot as a mirror image. You see the buildings of NYC upside down and backward. This was cool — they even had all the opening credits backward.

I don’t know if I would recommend this movie. As long as you don’t get your hopes up for a thrilling, intense, hair-raising movie, you’ll be okay.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: With Candyman being so short, I felt one Peetime would do it. I want to let you all know that the opening sequence of the movie is something you want to see. The cinematography is amazing, so don’t be late.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Candyman. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated: (R) Language | Bloody Horror Violence | Some Sexual References
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Director: Nia DaCosta
Writer(s): Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta
Language: English
Country: Canada, United States
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