SUPERFLY! BY: Sana-Doctor Bentley

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Superfly is a remake of an old classic gangster/drug kingpin movie where a young man by the name of Priest realizes it is time to find another way of life. Though he struggles with this fact of his existing life needs to end, he is forced to make some tough decisions that will leaded him down a path he never truly wanted. At a young age, Priest was always intelligent and a smart young man. With a mentor, he becomes a successful cocaine drug kingpin. Using his charm, wit, and ability to stay undetected. He builds an empire that is more powerful than many expect. With getting out on his mind, he plans to pull off one last job before retirement. However, with big plans, there is always a situation or two that will not allow him to walk away from this current life. Priest’s glass house around him begins to crumble. Priest is left to develop the last resort plan that will for the last time to remove him from this life. As expected critics would not disappoint by providing their opinions of how the new actor Trevor Jackson (“Grown-ish,” “American Crime”) would not be able to fill the shoes of previous Actor Ron O’Neal. I have not seen the original, which I am sure, is a great movie; however, this new age Superfly was not disappointing. I’m always pleased when remakes bring in modern day attributes as they aid in keeping it more relevant to the audience. Priest cleverly uses in one screen cell phone and messaging to lure a trap for someone who was doing business with his soon to be mentor. There are some powerful scenes in the movie that touches on topics of police brutality, crooked detectives, friendships, and family relationships.

 

Jackson’s co-stars also did not disappoint. Each of them holding theirs as each screen wrapped to the climatic ending. From the dynamic between Priest and his closest friend Eddie (Jason Mitchell) which displays the struggles of caring for someone who doesn’t see the bigger picture. Priest and Eddie do not see eye to eye on getting out of the business. The fact that they are not on the same agenda leads them both down a path that will cause problems in their friendship. Let us also take Priest mentor Scatter (Michael K. Williams), and their relationship is also compromised when Priest wants to pull off this last big deal. Scatter’s trust in Priest is destroyed due to this lie, and soon they are at blows, which ultimately leaves them both ruined. These two relationships for Priest helped to define who he was and still is.

 

SuperFly’s music was so perfectly matched to each scene as they unfolded. Given the movie the flare, it needed. I was so impressed by the music that I wanted to get up in the theater to start dancing. Lol, oh well! Kudos, to the music director on the choice of music. I believe that music is like the topping to a pizza it brings out the flavor. As it should not be a surprise, Superfly did not disappoint when it came to humor and style of dress. To the beautifully designed suits, fur coats, fly shoes, and full of life dresses. This made you want to go out and get an entirely new wardrobe. Very gaga over the fast cars, I was so elated to see the Lamborghini in this movie. It is indeed a remarkable piece of hardware designed to make anyone shout out WOOHOO. I am not sure of why at this time they decided to make a remake movie such as this. However, I’m supportive of the fact of bringing into this movie some of the harder topics of seeing misfortune of others, the disappointment of relationships, and lastly concerns on areas of police relationships with people in urban areas. Though I do not think, glorifying this cocaine lifestyle is needed for the people it was great how they tied in current events. I look forward to seeing the remakes of more black films from the seventies.

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