A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: (SHAFT (2019) – 3 (M. Frank)

Shaft  (2019)  –  3 out of 10.


In a word:  Ridiculous


First of all, if you don’t like violence and filthy language, don’t see this movie. There is plenty of both, to a point of gross excess, including lines spoken by little kids. I would estimate the “F” and MF” words are in play at least 200 times in the film or more…which is a distraction from whatever the plot was intended to be. With little exception, the screenwriting is pathetic. They should read a dictionary and see if there are other adjective words in English besides “F”.

     Yes, we are accustomed to lots of violence in movies, particularly those produced and directed by Hollywoodites who espouse anti-gun sentiments in their off-screen lives. In this film, there must be at least seven to ten wild shooting exchanges with no less than a barrage of a thousand rounds fired, or more, involving multiple actors using repeating rifles. Ironically, the good guys always got away unscathed, including Jackson, while the bad guys are all killed. Amazing what lousy shots they are.

     Shaft (2019) is the fifth in a series since 1971. Here, based in Harlem which he knows well, Samuel L. Jackson plays a middle-age cool-dude tough guy, who had just met his long-lost son (Jessie Usher) who is supposed to be an employee of the FBI. The two bond as they go investigate a case involving the death of Usher’s best friend. Usher’s performance is amateurish in the shadow of Jackson. And, his lines and demeanor are not even close to realism.

     Usher’s interaction with his FBI boss at headquarters is also way over the top, nowhere near authenticity. He comes across like a lost kid in a grown-up world.

     A few funny lines save the movie from total idiocy. I hope they don’t make another.

I give this a 3 out of 10.

Shaft (2019) – IMDb

8 Responses to A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: (SHAFT (2019) – 3 (M. Frank)

  1. Donald June 21, 2019 at 11:12 am #

    I never planned on seeing it anyway. For sure I won’t waste an money on it now!

  2. Charlie June 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

    Not for me Marshall. Not even if it was free.

  3. Jim June 21, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    Frank: I haven’t seen a movie in months and sure don’t plan on seeing this one. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Joe June 21, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

    My only question is this: What in God’s name could you have been thinking when you headed out your front door ????????????

  5. Anonymous June 22, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    Guess I do not need to see this movie
    Have a good day
    Linda R. nelms

  6. Eden June 23, 2019 at 1:49 am #

    If you watch the trailer (see link at the top of the page), SAVAGE HARBOR is a gloriously over-the-top, terribly made action film starring Frank Stallone, but it s also highly addicting and enjoyable for fans of these kinds of movies. The selling point at the time, of course, is Frank Stallone looked so much like his more popular brother Sylvester, that they could crank out these low budget lookalike movies and people on home video might be duped into thinking they were getting a new Sly film (the poster art for SAVAGE HARBOR is incidentally a dead ringer for brother Sylvester s 1981 cop flick NIGHT HAWKS ).

  7. Helen R. Frigo June 24, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    “… particularly those produced and directed by Hollywoodites who espouse anti-gun sentiments in their off-screen lives…” It’s easy to blame them, when even you paid money to see a film like that. I was amazed long ago when even Barack Obama said he watched “the Sopranos”. We recently watched the first season on DVDs from the library,
    and I couldn’t stand it. James Gandofini’s character doesn’t have a job, does he? You demonize the actors, producers, etc., who do actually work to provide what the market demands, right? That’s the Capitalism we’re so proud of. Samuel Jackson and James Gandofini have made thoughtful, non-violent movies. “In my Country” about South Africa, for one. How much money did it make? Robert Duvall says people always, still, come up to him and quote: “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning”. Can we really keep blaming “Hollywoodites” for that?

  8. Helen R. Frigo June 25, 2019 at 9:05 am #

    I see the library has the DVD of “In the loop” with James Gandolfini-way too many “f-words”, but I wonder if it’s the truth about how so many young Americans ended up dying, or being maimed, in Iraq. So many thoughtful, relevant movies HAVE been made. The library is full of them. Thank you taxpayers, and Ben Franklin, and the big new government he helped establish, on this amazing continent, that some of us were so lucky to be born on.