“Candyman” directed by Nia DaCosta seemed destined to be a huge hit based on being co-written and produced by Jordan Peele and the trailers, but it is ultimately a huge disappointment.
The movie follows an up and coming artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who is looking for inspiration to start work for his art show. He then discovers the story of Candyman and brings chaos to the entire neighborhood.
There were a lot of things wrong with the movie from the pacing, to the writing and bland supporting characters, it just did not force the audiences to think because they shoved the story and social commentary at your face.
So unlike other movies in this sort of slasher genre, there have just been so many movies that have done it better, that you leave the theaters let down because the Candyman character/movie has and had so much potential.
However, it did have some aspects that I loved. One is the way that they used mirrors and reflections because of how Candyman appears in them to kill the victims so the cinematography keeps you engaged in the movie.
The scenes where all the murders happen are so good because unless you can see a mirror you don’t know where Candyman is, so there is some tension for the audience.
Also, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II gives everything he’s got and sells his character with the material he is given. Even though the material is not the best. The other character I liked was the laundromat owner William Burke because they gave him the background and more scenes.
Overall the movie was pretty underwhelming from what I was expecting and that is only because the marketing to the movie was so good that it got people excited. But if you like slashers it is a rather enjoyable movie. Rating: 4/10