The new Candyman is very much a reboot/sequel of the original movie. To those who are skeptical about it, I am here to say you need to give it a chance before making your judgment. Especially if you are fans of the original.
The plot follows an artist named Anthony and his partner who move in the now renovated Cabrini Green. He discovers the legend of Candyman, and uses that as inspiration for his works. Soon, he finds himself as part of the legend as his past literally comes to haunt him, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.
The directory debut of Nia Dacosta, she pays loving tribute to the story of the original while at the same time creating her own vision. Just as Daniel Robitaille, played masterfully by Tony Todd, promised, him and Helen Lyle have become a legend, and their story is told with the help of shadow puppets which I thought was cool. There were certain liberties taken with how the story was told, but it just goes to show you how different perspectives can be added in the more a story is passed along.
The Candyman in this movie is different than the one we know, but there is a specific reason for that that does tie into the original movie. Practically everything about this movie ties directly into the original. Now if this movie is your first introduction to Candyman, yeah you will still enjoy it, but established fans will enjoy it even more.
The gore is what you would expect with blood flowing aplenty. Most of the kills happen either offscreen or using mirrors as trickery. You can most definitely hear what is happening. One shot I admired is when it pans out to a view of the apartment building, but as you look, something is happening in one of the rooms.
Everything leads to an ending with a very specific twist that pays off a lingering plot thread from the original. I won't say anything more to spoil it as it is something to witness for yourself but I definitely had a grin on my face when it all unfolded.
In all, I was left very impressed by this movie. Everything was very well done, and again I love the fact that even when given a modern twist, it paid heavy tribute to what came before. It is currently only out in theaters and if you been hesitant on seeing it, all I can say is take a leap in faith. Trust me, you will be rewarded. If you have already seen Candyman, leave your thoughts below!
Till next time, stay scared! -Tha Thrilla -