Candyman Review Spoilers- The Reality of Racism in America & The Undoing of White Saviourism

Candyman Review Spoilers- The Reality of Racism in America & The Undoing of White Saviourism

hey everyone welcome back to my channel so i’m so excited to do this video because i was waiting i was waiting for this movie to come out since it was announced because i if you follow my channel you know that i love horror movies okay so i love horror movies and uh shows and what have you that genre is my jam and i’ve always been into it and it probably started along the lines of when i was a kid but then i remember this movie specifically when candy man came out i remember convincing my mom to get me this movie or rent it for me um and she was under the impression that it was like a kids movie because it was named candyman and listen i love that movie because it scared the absolute living daylights out of me as a kid but this movie wow i loved how it was done there were so many pros this movie um i’m going to get into spoilers so if you haven’t watched it um you know please how do i say this i’ll tell you when but right now i’ll just start with like the stuff that i really really enjoyed about it um neither costa’s directing uh you feel like you feel like light and sound are almost secondary characters in this movie because there’s there’s mostly yaya dilma team um there’s um tiana paris and then there’s her brother who plays troy and he is amazing so those are the three main characters and then we have william who the movie starts with um and he is a very interesting character to say the least but you know something we don’t see too often and i talk about on my channel all the time is two dark skinned people paired with each other and that was wonderful to see and you know everybody looked well moisturized and well lit and it was wonderful it was like you’re really enthralled by it from the beginning because they even have um if you if you watch harry potter um there’s that that scene with the with the hollows and when they’re telling the story about the hollows and the three brothers um they have the same type of paper uh starting off and i think this was intentional uh with the writing of the way jordan peele writes he always especially with his horror movies i guess i’m not really too sure about anything outside of twilight zone us and get out but he always finds a way to intertwine the horrors of racism in america as the real thing to be afraid of and you know um almost in the sense of like a lot of um people don’t like horror genre the horror genre because they live um i’ve heard this before and a lot of people say it like life is scary enough i don’t need to be entertained by a horror story so like they have that um those that beginning it’s begins the whole movie starts with like you know the candyman song the original one and then it goes slow and then it goes into the lions logo and the monkey paw logo it’s done really well and they jump it’s like um the projects um what is it called kabrina greens um in either the 70s or the 80s or the 90s i missed the year but we start with william who is going to do his laundry and it’s something is ominous and eerie about it uh and you know the cops are out looking for a person and a sketch they don’t know who or what and he’s going to do his laundry and there’s a hole in the wall and you know it starts off with the candy being thrown at him and it’s just like what is happening um so you do you do jump to that scene but you jump out of it before you know what happens and they jump back to it so then they jump to present and in present day you have yaya and um tiana uh meeting for dinner with her brother who is a real estate agent in chicago and really upset that they bought this new apartment in a re-gentrified area which was also where the original kabrina green is so that’s where the myth mythology starts uh troy is a really fun character i really really like them and i really really like the fact that for most of this movie uh the black people are dark skinned and you know i talk about that all the time on my channel it doesn’t happen often and there are so many eerie shots of the skyscrapers and the bridges and you know the sounds and and then they take you to the old um projects area and you know it’s it’s it’s really interesting to see it from a visually from a visual perspective especially if you’re not from america or you haven’t been to chicago um and even in some of the buildings there’s a lot of really interesting uh like the apartment buildings the apartment complexes it reminds me of like toronto in the 80s and i think they used to say toronto and and chicago are like sister cities um and honestly it like being throughout the movie they’re in like multiple apartments and you’ll notice it’s very retro feeling um with like modern like very steel big steel doors balcony doors and just odd shaped doors and odd shaped hallways and apartment buildings when they used to be like rounded they’re always used to be like these weird round um hallways i remember as a kid in ours most of my buildings were straight and the hallways were very you know straight but every now and then a cousin lived in a rounder building and that was always to me as a kid it was always creepy to not be able to see what was around the corner and i think they do that on purpose i’m not sure i feel it was done on purpose and there’s a lot of um so troy tells anthony which is yaya’s character about the myth of candyman and that’s where the seed is planted and that’s where he goes forth to discuss it more because he’s had like a bit of an artist block and he starts with the mirrors and you know they foreshadow a couple of things um at his showing uh and with the horror story of of the legends being started and the lore of of candyman and it it pushes anthony to go search the area and like get some inspiration which he then puts a show on that’s really weird and the show has a lot of instructions about what to do when i’m here because again anthony doesn’t think anything of this story he thinks it’s a great art piece and it talks about racism he talks about racism and re-gentrification in america oh uh white people built these ghettos and then they they pushed us out to re-gentrify that’s a great message um but you know they even talk repeatedly about um as i said the horror uh of of what’s really horror in america and that’s like the the underlying racism and everything but i really like the fact that this movie undid some of the white saviorism and racist part of the first candyman because it was a white woman who started the first one and you know um it’s really really interesting to see that undone because it was done from a very white savior type of lens uh the original and then when you see this and how it all ties back like his original lore ties back to racism in the 1800s and that he’s had reincarnations over and over again um it’s it’s very very interesting and it does pull you in and there are a few points in the movie uh where you know you’re going to be like like some of my stuff is just oh [ __ ] oh [ __ ] oh [ __ ] like when i was watching it and again i watched this movie in an empty theater by myself in a matinee flick and thank goodness i did because i really really wanted to watch this movie um is it worth it it’s totally worth watching this maybe not for your life though in theaters maybe wait till they do an early release to at home if you are in the fourth wave like we are in toronto again i didn’t take my mask off and uh there are some scenes like there’s a bit of um foreshadowing where we talk about uh so if you haven’t already realized that there are spoilers we’re talking about spoilers now so the really cool part i found was when uh yaya got stung or anthony got stung the character got stung by a bee and it slowly almost foreshadows what’s happening to him and what’s gonna happen to him but that bee sting basically the bee falls to the ground and it’s a very interesting perspective it falls to the ground and it’s attacked by ants and it’s eaten almost eaten alive but then you also see that happen to his cut and it’s got some very ugly pieces and scenes to it and then we have the you know the racist white art critic the racist white art dealer that um that they just don’t think anything of this myth and it’s really interesting and then we have the the white girl who’s at the the [Music] the art show and read the paper but didn’t say it you thought she was gonna say it in the camera to this like you thought she was gonna say it at the show but she doesn’t um it’s another set of people that do that and get killed there and slowly he’s realizing that he’s the one turning into this and even in the scene with the art critic’s house when she wants to now be interested in him um like you think it’s gonna happen and you’re looking at the mirror in behind her like you’re looking at the mirror behind her to see if candy man’s there and he’s looking at himself and his reflection and he’s just like it’s all messed up there’s so many moments where you’re just like oh my god oh my god oh my god um and i really like that i like being scared and i like being scared by real things um we do find out somewhere after this like after anthony goes down this like rabbit hole that uh brianna has also had um a traumatic experience with an artist her father who was troubled and she gets triggered by anthony’s downfall and troy says something that’s really wonderful and i think more black women need to remember this but just because this is your trauma doesn’t mean you have to save everybody else and at a time when anti-racism work can be exhausting talking about it can be exhausting in everyday life i think that’s a really valuable lesson that black women shouldn’t be the one always saving everyone and i think it could get missed from people who don’t see or know people who work in anti-racism or who are also trying to push for things to be less racist you know like i think it could be missed by most people but there are a lot of good messages and then you also have the police brutality like the original candyman was brutally attacked and then the one that was in the 70s with william he was also attacked by a large police force and then you know um at the end anthony is also attacked and it is it’s troubling to say the least but at the same time william i guess had experienced so much that he had to find a way to start it again and to make candyman come back and i really really think um there’s a little bit missing with uh with uh rihanna story and understanding her trauma and then there’s also a little bit missing with anthony’s story and understanding the trauma of what happened but i really like the fact that they undid that white saviorism of the original candyman um you find out a little bit of what happened that he did he’s the baby and that is what um but at the same time that’s where it kind of fell flat because then it was the climax happen and then you think it’s the climax and it’s not the climax but because now william has brought back candyman through anthony because anthony was the chosen one it was like hold on like you just like so much is coming at you and then um brianna says in the car and the cars of the cop that you know i just want to see my reflection i’ll say whatever you want um and you know let me just see my reflection and she says it and all he comes back but the last kick at the end was like oh it was the original actor’s face who who who played the original um at the end and he said tell everyone in a way she called him i get what they were trying to say like she calls him forward to to save her and he does save her he gets everyone else so it kind of undoes the messed up part from the first movie where he was killing black people on purpose and and now you know he’s killed he’s he’s killed not to sound weird but he’s killed the people who were doing the wrong so they they make sure that every person who’s killed uh was racist in some way to another character so you almost feel like candyman is an acting vengeance to the original lore and and that makes sense could they have done a bit more i feel like it’s missing some more story of brianna’s backstory and anthony’s backstory but i think that there’s gonna be a part two i think that there might be multiple movies of this and um that’ll be interesting i really liked it and i i think you guys should watch it when you get a chance it’s gonna be like get out and us um and i really like both those movies and i wish i had watched them both in theaters no i watched us in theaters that was good um but i did not watch get out in theaters and i think i would have been like get out was more thriller suspense us was more gory horror and like messed up and then this i think takes a bit more of that traditional horror feeling and takes it to the next level of real life scary things like racism and police brutality and gentrification and being pushed out of your home and i really liked it so let me know in the comments below what you thought and we’ll discuss
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