Let’s make things clear from the very beginning, Antebellum is NOT a groundbreaking film by any means nor is it a movie that will fly under your radar for that matter. But, after a thorough watch, I have concluded that despite its many missteps and slipups, it’s still worthy of a watch!!
The movie follows the story of successful author Veronica Henley who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future — before it’s too late.
The film’s strong opening sequence was a spine-chilling introduction that was crafted with absolute perfection!! It was almost too surreal and poetic!!
In general, Antebellum’s story can be best described as symbolic! The entire film was abundant with political and racial references which I am sure a lot of viewers can relate to!
Antebellum’s narrative somehow tried to imitate “GET OUT” core spirit and essence. While this concept might have worked perfectly on paper, it in fact failed to translate correctly.
One thing I really liked is the tonal shifts throughout the entire runtime. I especially liked how this film slowly transformed from what it seemed a thrilling experience at the beginning into a more political one at the end. The Big twist that occurred in the sequence of the events helped in making this a possibility.
In other words, this film effortlessly “metamorphosed” into a political argument that I believe was so necessary!
Antebellum’s characters were unfortunately not as strong and powerful as its concept. There wasn’t enough depth nor character development (excluding the lead protagonist). But, performance wise, Janelle Monae literally embodied her character like there’s no tomorrow. She is always a spectacle to watch.
And last but not least, the absolutely empowering score helped in creating a really immersive atmosphere that was in complete harmony with the film’s narrative and overall experience.
So you see, Antebellum is a film filled with powerful references and messages but were kind of overshadowed by some technical mistakes. Nevertheless, it’s still a really entertaining film to watch!
Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future — before it’s too late.
Directors: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz
Production company: Lionsgate
Producers: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz, Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield, Zev Foreman, Lezlie Wills
Screenplay: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz