Candyman

Candyman ★★½

Too self-righteous to ascend to true greatness. I really liked the "creepy horror" parts but the rest is too suffused with politics. This is a movie, so please don't "tell" me a sociology lecture, you are encouraged to "show" me one, that being the medium's most valuable storytelling feature, but putting words in a certain order and having characters say them, while sufficient for an academic paper or magazine article, is not a good use of a film's runtime. The seeming necessity of using horror as a vehicle to deliver sociological truths will always give short shrift to one, sometimes this can be balanced perfectly, a la Get Out, and sometimes it weighs towards ham-handedness. Still, I got a little tingle seeing you know who at the end there, Candyman Cinematic Universe?