DARE TO SAY HIS NAME.
Artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is living with his girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) in the now gentrified area that used to be Cabrini-Green; he suddenly becomes fascinated, virtually obsessed, with the Candyman legend. A remake/sequel that employs two of the 1992 original’s cast members and turns the horror story into a clever comment on Chicago’s development and Black men’s suffering at the hands of, mostly, white police officers. Far from subtle, but benefits from inventive visual ideas, including nifty killings, shadow puppetry and dark, misty Chicago high-rises.
2021-U.S. 91 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Nia DaCosta. Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta. Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Anthony McCoy), Teyonah Parris (Brianna Cartwright), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Troy Cartwright), Colman Domingo, Tony Todd, Vanessa Estelle Williams.
Trivia: Co-produced by Peele. Filmed in 2019 and delayed more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.