'Candyman' Movie Review: Should You Watch or Not?

After we review "Candyman," will we decide that the rebirth of this urban legend was worth watching, or does the movie prove that this myth deserves to die?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Candyman Movie Review: Watch or Not?

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

He dares you to say his name. As soon as you do, he'll be there. We're talking about the man, the myth, the urban legend. He's haunting a theater near you this weekend in "Candyman." The story is one that started with a black man who was a victim of racism and injustice. He was just trying to be friendly by offering candy to some kids. In return, he was mutilated and burned. Now he's back from the dead and here for anyone who calls out to him. If you look at yourself in the mirror and say his name five times, he'll appear. But before you decide if the "Candyman" movie is for you, read our review first.

Reasons to Watch...

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris act their hearts out as they slowly fall into hysterics. The evolution of their characters is stunning, going from a normal hipster couple into two crazed individuals trying everything they can to shake the Candyman.
  • The camera work executed in this film is something to take note of. Given that mirrors are a crucial part of this plot, director Nia DaCosta utilizes every angle there is to frighten and surprise audiences.
  • This film aims to disgust and disturb moviegoers with graphic visuals and at least a couple buckets worth of blood.
  • Through its storytelling this film is able to shine a light on various social, economic, and racial issues while still entertaining folks with this age-old horror story.

Or Not...

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • With such a terrifying premise, the movie itself isn't as scary or shocking as we hoped it would be.
  • If you're squeamish when seeing large amounts of blood or severed limbs, then this might not be the movie for you.
  • Because this film tries to bring in elements from the first film as well as tell a new story, it's very hard to follow at times. We're still not clear on multiple plots details and certain conclusions that were presented in the film.

Watch or Not?

So, when thinking about "Candyman" and constructing our movie review, we still think you should watch it.

Filming a sequel decades after a successful, original film is always a daunting hurdle to pass. But the film does its best to reconnect with older fans who were familiar with first film while still enticing new fans to join in on the horror story. Even though there's no point where we felt truly petrified while watching this flick, it's still worth it to see Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's wild side as he loses his mind (and parts of his body) on screen.

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August 27, 2021

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