shaft review

In 2019’s Shaft, the latest film to take on the name of the 1971 Blaxploitation classic, Samuel L. Jackson‘s John Shaft II bemoans the softening-up of the younger generation, and their fixation with tight pants, coconut water, and lemon towers. “Men need to be men,” he declares to his straight-laced son John Shaft Jr. (Jessie Usher), mourning the good old days when real men shot first and asked questions later. But there’s something to mourn about the new Shaft‘s shift from a cop thriller to sitcom, and how it spends more time making digs at the very millennial audience that it’s supposedly appealing to than reminding the us of why we dug Shaft in the first place.

Shaft trades the franchise’s Blaxploitation action for a buddy-cop routine that only works by the sheer force of Samuel L. Jackson’s charisma. But even Jackson can’t will this movie into being more than a creaky action-comedy that zaps out everything that made the original Shaft such a vibrant and time-honored classic.

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shaft trailer

Get ready for three times the Shaft. The long-dormant Shaft franchise is getting a new sequel from director Tim Story (2005’s Fantastic FourRide Along) with actor Richard Roundtree back to reprise his role from the original 1970s blaxploitation movies. But this time he’s accompanied by Samuel L. Jackson back as his nephew, John Shaft II, from the 2000 sequel, as well as the youngest member of the family is Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence). The three generations of Shaft unite in the first Shaft trailer, which you can watch below.

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Three Generations of ‘Shaft’ Unite in First Look Photo

shaft first look

Director Tim Story (2005’s Fantastic Four, Ride Along) is resurrecting the long-dormant Shaft franchise with a new movie next summer, bringing actor Richard Roundtree back to reprise his role from the original 1970s blaxploitation movies and luring Samuel L. Jackson back as his nephew, John Shaft II, from the 2000 sequel. Joining them as the youngest member of the family is Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence), and a new photo shows all three of them together for the first time. Check it out below.
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son of shaft

The new Shaft movie won’t be another reboot. In fact, it’s going to be a family affair. The newly titled Son of Shaft has cast Jessie T. Usher in the title role, but he’s not coming alone. He’s going to have a little help from his father. And his great uncle. Because it seems that previous Shaft actors Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree have also signed on to join director Tim Story‘s action/comedy.

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