Television writer. Movie lover. Dog haver.
Notwithstanding a bit of talky exposition near the top — at a dinner of very serious and obviously well paid academics whose sole subject of expertise appears to be campfire stories — it’s easy to lose track of what exactly the fuck it is that’s going on in Candyman.
While all is ultimately revealed about Candyman and Helen’s linked histories, we know next to nothing about Virginia Madsen’s character going in. Her flaws, her fears, her own original sin, whatever…
Shot digitally and looks it. Cheap, flat and shoddy looking, especially compared with 2013’s “Curse” which was probably the best photographed film of the series.
Which might matter less if the rest of the movie wasn’t so slow and soporific, with nothing approaching any of the tense, inventive set pieces of the last one.
Easily the worst of the series. What a drag.
Despite being nearly undone by a dumb vigilante mob plot and coming perilously close to “Rise of Skywalker” levels of fan service, I have an awful lot of affection for this series and am, if you can believe it, even older than it is, so let’s focus on the positive:
I actually loved the 1978 retconned prologue and admired the attention to detail in achieving its look, right down to the lenses used and the old-fashioned optical titles. That stuff…