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SUPERFLY (Direc­tor X) re­makes and tries to out­pimp the 1972 blax­ploita­tion clas­sic, about a drug dealer set­ting up one big score be­fore he re­tires. There’s more flash, more guns, less sense and Direc­tor X’s heav­ily tinted mu­sic video aes­thetic. It hews close to the orig­i­nal’s beats – beefs with drug trade ri­vals and the po­lice – while ad­just­ing for big­ger, newer and less provoca­tive. Trevor Jack­son tries filling Ron O’Neal’s snazzy shoes as Young­blood Pri­est, though with his sleepy eyes and coiffed hair, he looks and sounds like he should be ser­e­nad­ing tweens with Peaches And Cream, not hus­tling at the top of At­lanta’s co­caine empire. Jack­son’s Young­blood is so whis­perys­mooth you can’t be both­ered pay­ing him any at­ten­tion. He’s dwarfed by big­ger per­son­al­i­ties on all sides, among them Jason Mitchell, a con­stant breath of fresh air as Young­blood’s comic right-hand man Ed­die. And he’s dwarfed by the mem­ory of O’Neal, who had a cool but com­mand­ing take on Young­blood in the orig­i­nal. 116 min. NN (Radheyan Simonpillai)

Trevor Jack­son and Lex Scott Davis look pretty fly in SuperFly.

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