But there’s more to “Candyman” than just highlighting racial violence. As Yahya Abdul-Mateen II says: “I would also like to add that one of the themes that I would like to think about recently is to take back the trauma, to take ownership of our stories, to take ownership of the things that happened to us. Not necessarily taking ownership, but taking control of what happened, of what is happening now. “Abdul-Mateen II adds that the fear in the new” Candyman “is going to deviate a bit from the fear in the original. “[In] the original ‘Candyman’ that was a real fear, a real specific fear and even imagine what if Candyman was real? “says the actor.” After leaving this movie, this question has a completely different meaning and completely different consequences for what if Candyman were real? And I think the consequences behind it now, or more about agency and more about taking a narrative back. And the power that can come from claiming the kind of authority over your story that I think is going to be a very unexpected and exciting part of the conversation about this film. “
“And then, as it’s explored in our film, I think it kind of raises it,” adds co-star Colman Domingo. “It rings up a few notches because it really deals with things we have in mind right now. Especially this year with race reckoning in America and around the world, I think arguments about ideology and who we are as black people with art and with critique, with gentrification that takes over space.I think it unpacks many of the things that we actually deal with.And this genre is especially so seductive and sexy for this work and this deeper study. one way, it’s tasty and we can really do all this unpacking together. That’s what I really love about being a part of it. “
Domingo also adds that despite these weighty, heavy themes, the new “Candyman” will also be plenty of entertainment. But it is also not afraid to ask the serious questions and address the serious themes:
I want people to be thoroughly entertained, thoroughly freaked out and also thoroughly curious after having a deeper interrogation of the themes in this movie. I think it puts us in every way to really do the work that I think we have put in many years in our culture. To investigate violence on brown and black bodies. I think I love the themes of criticism and where our work comes from. How do you try to lift trauma and put it into an art form in some way, shape or form? And then how it is criticized in the masses. What is important? What is of value? Who are you. So it unpacks a lot. I really hope that there are a lot of conversations in the workplace, in coffee houses, in the home, that you not just turn it off when you go home, but you take it with you, and you really pack a lot out of it.
“Candyman” opens in theaters on August 27, 2021.
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