Shaft returns after a nearly 20-year hiatus with a new hatred for coconut water and a closet full of vintage ’70s turtlenecks. Tim Story’s humbly titled Shaft, a belated multigenerational sequel to John Singleton’s more playful reimagining of the blacksploitation franchise, has distressingly little to offer to justify its existence, essentially serving as a banal Muzak cover of Isaac Hayes’ iconic theme. The new version does, however, rewrite its predecessor’s family tree, which made Richard Roundtree’s eponymous private dick the uncle to then-new star Samuel L. Jackson’s John Shaft 2.0 — this time they’re father and son, although the actors are all of six years apart. Read More
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