The Shaft movies have been around since 1971 when the always-amazing Richard Roundtree first took up the mantle as John Shaft.

Two more sequels followed in 1972 and 1973 before Samuel L Jackson took on the iconic lead role in 2000. 

In keeping with the story, Jackson played Roundtree’s nephew, an NYPD Detective called in to investigate a murder. It was a box office smash, grossing over $102 million worldwide. 

Loved by critics and the audience alike, the Shaft story wasn’t finished yet.

As of June 2019, Shaft (2019) started streaming on Netflix. This is the fifth movie in the series and starts with an assassination attempt on the lives of John Shaft and his family by drug lord, Gordito. 

Having had enough, Shaft’s wife, played by Regina Hall, makes the decision to take their son away from the violence. Fast-forward 25 years and John Shaft Jnr (JJ) is all grown up and working for the FBI. But when his friend supposedly dies due to an accidental overdose, JJ believes he has been murdered. 

Getting nowhere with his investigation JJ decides to enlist the help of his more streetwise father, who he hasn’t seen for more than two decades. And this is where the movie really takes hold. Instantly, Samuel L Jackson transforms it from a run of the mill whodunit to an all out action packed flick.  

But what makes this Shaft movie different from those that have gone before it, is the level of comedy. Co-written by Kenya Barris, this has far more laughs giving it a more light-hearted approach. That doesn’t mean the action isn’t there as well – it just co-exists really well with the humor. 

And that humor is top notch. It is also devoid of any political correctness, will probably offend quite a few more sensitive viewers and unashamedly pokes fun at the differences between old and new generations. 

Overall it is a breath of fresh air, especially when Richard Roundtree makes his appearance. It is engaging from start to finish and once again solidifies that Samuel L Jackson always brings his A game. This his fifth movie released in 2019, the others being Glass, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Not bad work for a man turning 71 years old this year!

While critics may turn their noses up at Shaft’s latest installment, Netflix viewers are going to love it. So grab the popcorn and get comfortable because Shaft has landed at Netflix and you won’t want to miss it. 

Connect With Us: YouTube | Instagram | Podcast | Amazon | Newsletter | University