As the urban legend goes, if you repeat the word “Candyman” in the mirror five times, an ominous presence will unapologetically seal your fate. If repeating “Candyman” is a representation of evil, perhaps a representation of good will would be repeating Nia DaCosta’s name in a mirror five times. Maybe if we all did, we could encourage her to keep making great movies like Candyman.
Zola, to an extent, is experimental with its narrative. While it flows coherently, the film is very much still in tune with its source material – a series of tweets explaining a story that’s “strange yet true” – and presents itself as someone spinning you a wild yarn (intercut with tangents and outbursts).