> I guess we're supposed to believe she totally got away with it.
I definitely did not think that we were supposed to think she'd completely get away with it. I remember thinking that it was a surprisingly downbeat note.
> The best thing about the movie was Jeffrey Wright as the bigger (Latin) villain
> I'm pretty sure Shaft doesn't even get a love interest in the movie.
I don't think he has a proper love interest but he bags several women. There's a part where a female acquaintance tells him that this thug has been hassling her son, so Shaft pistol whips him until he promises to leave the kid alone, and then she tells Shaft to come by that night for his reward.