the Mack daddy cat that's all that? The hippest bro sans the
fluffy fro? John Shaft is carrying a BA in street strut and
a Ph.D. in straight talk.
Samuel L. Jackson IS Shaft.
John Shaft's (the 70's Shaft) nephew also named John
Shaft. He exudes confidence and sexuality. He's black and proud.
Tall and straight. John Shaft's also one tough mutha f*ckin
New York homicide detective looking out for bads guys in this
updated spin on the 70's cult classic. Complete with some swanky
new threads, good old mutha f*ckin' dialog and not a bellbottom
to be seen. Does Armani even make bellbottoms?
Shaft's all pissed of at the current injustices facing
him and his fellow brother man. A rich white mutha f*ucka done
killed a blackman. A definite racial attack. But white boy is
having none of jail time and big house bitches. He's skiing
in Switzerland. That is until (for some unknown reason) two
years after the big skip town/exit stage left, bad white man
AKA Mr. Wade Jr. ( An ever adorable stud muffin with walnuts
Christian Bale) comes home to NYC. Immediately Shaft apprehends
the young wealthy racist. Shaft is hell bent on having the boy
face the crime and do the time. Shaft must find the "witness"
from that evening's slaughter, a skittish waitress ( Toni Collette)
to get a conviction.
Jr. being the "personal assistance necessary" type
calls in his new dog, a Latino tattooed-king snake-drug lord
from the 5 boroughs, Peoples Hernandez played by Jeffrey "Could
my name be more white" Wright. They met each other in the
lockdown, cooler, slammer, the thingy place were they hold bad
boys with flaring nostrils. Peoples is a mean mutha f*cka and
he can definitely assist young Wade in his 86in' of the witness
waitress. It's gonna cost him though.Can you say blue-blood
drug connection on 5th ave?
John Shaft's all wise to the goings on in the underbelly of
NYC and plays a few little mutha f*ckin' head games with all
the bad ass boyz right here. The action and the story starts
to groove. Can you dig it?
S.L. Jackson is one cool kitten. He's 51 in real life but that
man's looking mighty fine, and like a dark full wine, getting
better with age. That man's chocolate lover's delight in a large
onyx bowl. Scrumptious!
Wright AKA "Peoples" is cute even all gang membered
up and touching himself. One of those chiseled marble bodies
of beef with big soulful eyes....excuse me. He's a talented
fellow too. He played Basquiat
the little film filled with super talents about street artist
Jean Michel Basquiat. An Andy Warhol typy-arsty guy of the 80's.
Try to look this one up. It's worth your hunt.
there's the uberevil Wade (Christian "Huma-huma" Bale)
who didn't seem to have a bad angle to go with his hateful mutha
f*ckin ' self. Heaven.
Williams is great as Shaft's loyal colleague on the force. She's
quite the actress.Toni Collette is the waitress who witnessed
the heinous deed by American psycho Wade. It wasn't a huge part
but, she did a great job.
I remember though Shaft the elder was like "The Ladies
Man" from SNL. A frame or two away from all
out porn. Not in this loving restructured update. They even
took out all that hokey blacker than thou crap and gave him
an edge the old Shaft didn't have. Though in one scene
when Shaft agrees to go home with the hot-to- spank- the- wild-
cheeta- of- love- into- submission bartender, again,
because it is his " duty to please her booty"-there's
the old character
peeking through. Shaft's a sexual cat, dig?
loved the new, more realistic, less cartoonish, less
insulting Shaft. And I love me some Sammie.
way too many people get killed and drop like carnival ducks
in a gallery. Sure, Shaft is missed by no less than 4632 screaming
bullets aimed directly at him from twenty feet or less, and
sure the race card is evenly distributed and dished out in blatant
equal portions to avoid an uneasy feeling, but you know what?
It's still a mutha f*ckin' good time at the movies. Now, get
your bad ass out mutha f*cka to see this movie. Dig?
Chef on South Park (AKA Isaac Hayes) remixed his original
theme to Shaft and added some titillating tidbits to
a soundtrack one really needs to buy.
Recommendation: Glazed donuts and milk
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeffrey Wright Christian Bale Vanessa Williams,
by: John Singleton