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)
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