Antebellum – Thriller
Category – Movie
Content – Set in the 1800’s, Eden is a slave that works the cotton field. Along with many others, they work on the plantation run by Captain Jasper and his men. Desperate to escape, the slaves try and are shot or burned to death. After fourty minutes of this period drama, we cut to modern times, but with the same characters? Although Eden is now Veronica, she is a powerful speaker for the black community. While at a speaking engagement away from home, she is mysteriously taken by a man and his wife. We jump back to the 1800’s at this point, back to Eden and her plans to escape without getting shot. Without giving away the movie, the end is twisty and interesting. From the Producers of Get Out and Us, this movie falls in the same lines as these two other films. While the originality of the story is interested enough, the movie lacks that Wow factor. At the end, I found myself just simply saying “OK”. This scores a 6 out of 10.
Acting – Two period type movies back to back for Janelle Monet. Harriet last year and now Antebellum. While the movie is just OK, Janelle continues to shine as an actress and seems to get better and better with each role. She is a tremendous actress and I will continue to watch her work. I cannot wait until she gets that exact right screenplay that throws her into the Oscar category! Jack Huston and Jena Malone play the plantation owners, and perform the roles with ease and sinisterism. The surprise was a cameo type appearance by Gabourey Sidibe, someone we haven’t seen in a while. All in all, the acting was extremely solid. Score is 9 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr 45 min. A long movie for a story that was just drawn out. I think the filmmakers could have gotten to the point a bit faster, keeping the audience intrigued the entire time. But alas, no such luck. This gets a 6 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Antebellum – 21 out of 30
Recommended Watch – I watched Get Out and Us once, Antebellum was no different. It is good for a one time watch to see how Janelle Monet consistently is moving her craft forward.
OSCAR BUZZ – While I absolutely LOVE Janelle Monae, I’m not sure there was anything about this film that screamed Awards???