Friday, June 21, 2019
Movie Review: Shaft
Not one minute of PC (unless to mock it) in the entire movie. Notable for that, alone.
Samuel Jackson's Shaft is a fantastic throwback to 2000, at that. Other than the backstory intro, we don't even get him for about half an hour, but he's worth the wait. Usher pulls off being his estranged millennial offspring with just the right mix of skinny jeans OREO snowflake, and chip off the old block. And when you finally get Richard Roundtree, direct from 1971, they didn't trot him by for just a cameo, they bring him back to be m*****f****n' SHAFT. Solid.
The plot has a beginning, a middle, and an end, it gets from A to Z with the right mix of harsh and humor, and it's fun to watch. Overall, I give it a solid B. Not a B+, not a B-. In a year-plus that's been a desert of D- and F movies, that's saying something.
And as a warning, this movie is as un-PC as anything Mel Brooks ever did in his prime. Thank the maker. It's rated R, meaning it's not for any kids, ever. Trust the MPAA on that one. If your kids are in late high school, it's nothing they haven't heard. If they're in middle school or younger, leave them home. Unless they're Simpson kids living in Springfield, or kindergarteners from South Park, or you tick all the human trash parenting boxes in Jeff Foxworthy's signature monologue section,this flick is not for them.
You want to wait for this on cable or the shelves as a BD, I get it. I've never been very good about that.
My rating: that Shaft is still a b-a-a-a-d mo(shut your mouth!)
And I'd tell you about MIB International in upcoming days, but Silicon Graybeard has already done that on his blog. Go read SiG's review instead of waiting for mine. I doubt I'd disagree anyhow.