July 3, 2014
Movie Night: Shaft (1971).
Review #610: Shaft.
Richard Roundtree (John Shaft), Moses Gunn (Bumpy Jonas), Charles Cioffi (Lt. Vic Androzzi), Christopher St. John (Ben Buford), Gwenn Mitchell (Ellie Moore), Lawrence Pressman (Tom Hannon), Victor Arnold (Charlie), and Sherri Brewer (Marcy Jonas) Directed by Gordon Parks.
The epitome of cool, Shaft manages to have a charming lead character and have some thrilling action, combined with a cool theme song. Roundtree is fun to watch, with his charisma and charm the best aspect of the movie. The theme song by Issac Hayes is the right amount of funk and the right amount of cool to work perfectly. The movie feels like a throwback to detective movies from the 30's/40's, but Shaft has enough edge to work as its own, and the characters are certainly noteworthy. Gunn does a fine performance, his twisted character and his emotions (two) are contrasted well. It's a cheaply made movie, but it's a well made movie nonetheless, it has enough charm and style with Roundtree alone to be a good flick, but the rest just adds on to the pile in a movie that will probably be immortalized and remembered for more years to come, as we're still talking about it 43 years (and a day) later.
Overall, I give it 9 out of 10 stars.