Alright, I know, I know. Is a m-fin’ Shaft parent movie review actually necessary? Probably not. But just in case, I want to make sure you have the complete heads up before letting anyone under the age of 17 go to the theater to see the newest Shaft movie.
About Shaft 2019
“Shaft” is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), might be a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide.
Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather coat, there’s no denying family.
Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.
Run Time: 111 minutes
Upfront, I have to admit that I wanted to love this movie. Samuel L. Jackson is an actor that I could watch read the phone book, and Jackson as Shaft was probably the most natural casting decision ever made.
I went in with one hope: I wanted to laugh and be entertained. And in that respect, Shaft 2019 was a success.
Is this the best movie ever? Oh, heck no. Not even close. But if you go in and just want to laugh your butt off for a few hours (and don’t get offended by exceptionally crude language) then this one is worth hitting the theaters for.
I laughed out loud a lot, even when I was covering my face to hide the blush creeping over me from all the language I was hearing.
Shaft Parent Movie Review
Here’s where the Shaft parent movie review comes in: LANGUAGE people, oh my word, the language!
I mean, you can’t have Samuel L. Jackson starring as Shaft without his trademark F-bomb happening a few times. I totally expected that.
But did I say a few times? Let’s try every other word, basically, was the F-bomb. I started counting them in the beginning and got to 10 within the first 90 seconds– and only one of them was from Jackson.
That along with quite a few sexual scenes and jokes means this is a well-earned R rating- and kids should definitely not see this one. Sure there was some action, killing, lots of guns and violence, but compared to John Wick 3, the violence was toned down. I was more hung up on the obvious language issues than the fight scenes.
Was Shaft 2019 Any Good?
I’d happily watch it again, which is not something I can say about Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Where Shaft excelled for me was in the chemistry of the actors. Jackson is clearly having a blast in this film, and I adored Jessie T. Usher as his completely opposite son, JJ Shaft.
The best part of this movie wasn’t in the action or mystery that the pair are solving, but in the relationship that builds as father and son finally spend time together.
Predictable? Sure. But doesn’t mean it can’t work.
Richard Roundtree completes three generations of Shaft men and really needed a bigger part in the movie. Suspend your belief that he’s old enough to be Jackson’s father and you’ll go along or the ride a lot easier!
Plus the music is really great.
I know a lot of critics are panning this one, but I don’t know that it was trying to be some award-winning life changing movie. Sometimes movies are just supposed to be fun and that’s what Shaft 2019 is.
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Is There An End-Credit Scene After Shaft 2019?
Nope- feel free to leave the theater when the funky music starts to play.
Rating: 6.5 I can’t help it- I laughed a lot!
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.