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Superfly updates the blaxploitation original with a stylish remake that's exciting and visually arresting enough to offer its own slickly staged action rewards, but disappointingly short on social subtext.
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The whole thing plays like a fancy dress parody of a crime movie, except nobody seems to be having much fun.
The new Superfly seems...like an embarrassing throwback.
For all its tossed-off flash, "Superfly" goes beyond the mere intricacy of its audacious plotting to suggest the cruelty, the horror, and the deceit at the heart of the American body politic.
For all its pulpy, genre-movie intentions, SuperFly is virtually crippled by its own ludicrousness.
It's really stylish and has great gloss and energy about it...This definitely has the look and a lot of the very knowing trappings of music video culture.
"Superfly" escapes superficiality thanks largely to strong performances from Jackson; Jason Mitchell as Priest's workmanlike partner, Eddie, and Michael Kenneth Williams as Priest's mentor, Scatter.
It's definitely slick and stylish, directed by noted music video auteur Director X from a script by Alex Tse, but it lacks some of the soul that made the original film so engaging and fun.
SUPERFLY turns out to not be very good. Despite boasting a director whose name screams, "TOO MUCH STYLE," the film looks generic as can be.
Profoundly sketchy, scattershot and overall unappealing in its uneven boisterous presentation, Superfly aimlessly pounds its congested chest without offering any grounded payoff in redemption or retaliation.
The super heroic version of this tale mythologizes Youngblood Priest in a new era of chaos in which threats to the black community are more amorphous and multi-faceted than they used to be.
Like watching a two-hour trap video, this Superfly is all foreplay and zero climax. [Full Review in Spanish]
In any case, those shortcomings never take away from the heart of Jackson's performance, which, despite all the ethnic stereotypes seizing in the background, is saying something.
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