Shaft (2019)

JJ, aka John Shaft Jr., may be a cyber security 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 agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly.

Craft 85%
Artistry 75%
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Reviewed on November 28, 2019 by Jon Kaye


Rated R, Action, Comedy, Crime, 111 minutes

This is one movie that is not going to make it on an airplane let alone on network TV.  The language is often foul but it is an integral part of the movie and it really works well. The writing is great and the delivery is spot on. Keeps to the Shaft model of movie regardless of what you think of the plot or story arc.

Do not be conflicted by other ratings: this is a fun, fast-paced, enjoyable movie.  Go see it.

...Richard Roundtree, who plays Samuel L. Jackson's uncle/father in the movie is only six years older than Samuel L. Jackson in real life.


What I Liked
  • Obviously, Richard Roundtree makes this movie Samuel L Jackson is hysterically funny Regina does a wonderful job
What I Didn’t
  • Jessie seems mis-cast and the weak link; he does not seem comfortable in the role and he does not carry it off