John Shaft is very street smart and clever. Who is not drawn to that type of person? He is always talking with other people to find out what is going on in his neighborhood. Shaft even sends up a neighbor to turn on his apartment lights while he stays down across the street to find the men watching for him. Almost everyone has respect for John Shaft, even Ben Buford once Shaft saves his life though Ben at first was against him. Some people do not seemed pleased with him because of his association with the white police officers. His association with them actually improves his knowledge and allows him to have the upper hand in his investigations. His relation to the police helps hi help his own community, which helps him then earn the respect of others. Shaft is cool for choosing to take some initiative in actions that may not be very popular with those around him, but it ends up helping many people. Though he may be a little too close to the white police, he still interacts with his community for them to understand he is doing his best to help all people. Cool is evident in John Shaft. He is a modern super hero. Yes, he is now a bit out dated and the lingo and fashion are a little laughable, but the respect for Shaft's cool is still there.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Justice for all
Shaft, the typical 1970's style and yet the themes presented in the film are still relevant and cool today. Hip for its time, Shaft can still show today's viewer some very important ideas about humanity. John Shaft is a smooth talking, get his way type of guy. He knows how to use his people skills to intelligently out wit those around him for what he believes is the right thing to do. His sense of justice and way in which he takes justice into his own hands is something that I sometimes find lacking in today's society. It seems like sometimes justice is a bit weak today. There are many laws and errors that seem to let people off a little more easily than before. Crime punishments do not always seem very harsh and any prison sentence seems to be able to be shortened by years with just "good behavior" (though there was some type of poor behavior for that individual to be punished).