Super Fly (R)

Starring Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell and Lex Scott Davis, SuperFly (2018) is a remake of Super Fly (1972). It’s a story about a pimp and drug dealer trying to get out of “the game” alive.

I can’t compare this version to the original because I haven’t watched Super Fly (1972) in 40 years or so. Okay? I’m not a person who loves blaxploitation films, and I damn sure wasn’t gonna watch it again now for this review. I mean, I love my blog and everything, but let’s be serious. From what I remember of the plot the remake follows the original fairly closely with some twists and a few changes here and there, while attempting to modernize it. The main thing that has remained with me and those of my generation (and following generations) from Super Fly is, of course, Curtis Mayfield‘s awesome soundtrack.

What flew in 1972,1982, 1992, 2002 or even 2012 doesn’t really fly today. The glorification of the black man as drug dealer, gang banger, pimp, womanizing masochist, woman abuser, etc. needs to be put to rest unless there is some unique perspective or extraordinary story to tell behind it that hasn’t been told yet (i.e., Straight Outta Compton). The entire concept is tired, it’s old, we’ve seen it, we’ve done it, and I can only speak for myself, but I would rather not have to see it any more unless someone is going to do more work than warm up leftovers. Put some heart and purpose and soul and love and work into the project that the audience can feel and see and hear, and maybe, just maybe, something great could come of it. Otherwise, leave this genre in the past where it belongs. I am here for everyone having their stories told and getting work in Hollywood. What I am not here for is weak, tepid, lazy, storytelling; and I don’t care what ethnicity the cast or director or whoever is.

I would have rather seen a straight up remake that went for it – with the 70’s style music, cars, clothes, hairdos, streets, lingo, etc., or a total disassociation where the movie were named anything else, and let the audience pick up on what movie it is attempting to mimic. That would have been a much more interesting way to approach this project. Could have just called it Priest and let those in the know have the light bulb go off.

The action is okay, but how wrong can you go with evil characters, big guns, rival gangs, and one pretty great car chase scene that gets ruined somehow in the end with talking. Shut up and stop over-writing and over-directing! It was one of two blown opportunities for Scott Davis’s character to shine. If we’re modernizing, stop allowing the woman to play the helpless victim who knows her place and needs protection and give her some back bone!

As far as the music goes, the best song in SuperFly (2018) is one of Curtis’s from the original. Musically, there are very few scores composed by one person that can compare to Super Fly (1972). It is one of the few soundtracks in history that grossed more than the movie itself. That would be difficult, if not impossible to replicate, and no one here even tried.

SuperFly (2018) earned 5 out of 10 bloops. It’s Super Fly (1972)-lite without the great music. If kids have zero knowledge of the first movie, perhaps it can draw an audience that enjoys watching stereotypical roles, with stale story lines, serving up the same old-same old, attempting to make what is old, new again. Meh!

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1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Already seen it. Review pending.

Ocean’s Eight – Already seen it. Review pending.

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