Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Weekend Watch: ‘Incredibles 2’ Flies, ‘Tag’ Taps Inner Child and ‘Superfly 2’ Is Despicable

Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, and Craig T. Nelson in ‘Incredibles 2.’

*“Incredibles 2,” directed by Brad Bird, is that fun-filled family film that entertains and, believe it or not, speaks to many of the perturbing issues many people have to contend with in the world we live in today. Helen (Holly Hunter) is faced with the task of making a case for good people. Think   Colin Kaepernick who suffered for exposing the truth.

Helen must get the government to overturn laws that make superheroes illegal. To complete that task, Helen must leave husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the transition. When a villain hatches a dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must work together again to bring the culprit down.

Tag

Tag” taps into the inner child and friendship. For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade. What makes this movie so fascinating is that it’s based on a true story.

Although ‘Tags’ has enough laughs to make it worth seeing, it get bogged down at times trying too hard to be like crass buddy movies such as “The Hangover.”

Directed by Jeff Tomsic, “Tag” stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson.

The ‘Tag’ team in ‘Tag.’

Superfly

Last and least is the despicable and abominable “Superfly.” Why not just remake racist D.W. Griffith’s film “Birth of a Nation” showing black people at their worst. Everyday in this nation there is an affront to people of color, and lives are lost because there are those who don’t think Black Lives Matter (Go to https://www.eurweb.com/2018/06/new-age-jim-crow-and-the-rise-of-racial-profiling-watch/ ).

There definitely must be something in the Cool Aid of those who are lauding “Superfly,” a film with no redeeming or likeable characters, black on black crime, and disturbing images. The “plantation mentality” of films such as “Superfly” and the irresponsible statement of Kanye West continues to fan the flames of racism and injustice.

Besides the denigrating images and messages (Go to https://movieweb.com/superfly-2018-movie-review/) in “Superfly,” the end of the film suggests there will be a sequel. Atlanta drug dealer Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson), who decides to retire after many murders and mayhem, literally sails off to live a life of luxury. His supplier Adalberto Gonzalez (Esai Morales), is killed by his own mother Esmeralda Gonzalez (Renee Victor).

Esmeralda, with no remorse, watches Adalberto grinding in his own killing machine. When she walks away, one gets the impression she will become the next Cocaine Godmother Griselda Blanco. The top dog in the White House who referred to Africa as a “shit hole country,” has said disparaging things about Mexicans:  “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Mexicans should be offended by this film also.

Directed by Director X, the movie also stars Jason Mitchell, Michael K. Williams, Lex Davis Scott, Jennifer Morrison, and Andrea Londo.

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Marie Moorehttp://eurweb.com
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.

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