I got to see Candyman a few days early thanks to Universal Pictures and it was surprisingly a lot less scarier than I thought, which is great because sometimes watching a scary movie in 2021 is just too much with the pandemic!
The film takes place in the same timeline as the other Candyman films, but in 2021 without COVID, and takes you back to the Cabrini-Green neighborhood first featured in the original Candyman film with Tony Todd. WandaVision fans will be delighted to know that Monica Rambeau (Teynonnah Parris) also stars in the film with Yahya Abdul-Marteen as the main couple of the film.
Here are some of my initial, SPOILER-FREE, thoughts on the film and what stood out to me:
- I have never seen any of the other Candyman films, I just know about Tony Todd playing the titular character and I feel like knowing more about the older films would've helped.
- The film was co-written by Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta, who also directs the film, and will be directing The Marvels aka Captain Marvel 2
- I loved how the film played with the mirror motif with Candyman by mirroring all the opening logos in the film
- The movie is only an hour and thirty minutes so it's a pretty quick story that doesn't overstay its welcome.
- I love the use of "paper puppetry"/wall art to depict the Candyman legend. It looked really cool.
- There aren't a lot of intense deaths so if you've seen any scary movie before then you will be able to watch these scenes without worry.
Watch my full review for Candyman below:
I'm giving Candyman 7.5 out of 10 bees and it might be good if you watch a short YouTube recap video of the other films to enjoy the film even more! Candyman will be in theaters starting on August 27th!
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures