Monday, November 16, 2020

Overheard at Table 3: Antebellum (2020)


This movie starts off over the top, and at first it seems like it's going to be a relentless splash of white viciousness.  Rape and murder and cruelty to the slaves on a plantation that has been overtaken by confederate soldiers, we have all the trappings of  stereotypes ...

which is dispelled the moment we see Janelle MonaƩ go to sleep as a slave and awake as a successful writer in the present day.

Somehow, she has been shifted through time.   
It would do no good to give anything away as a spoiler, because frankly, everyone should see this movie.  Don't believe what the critics say: that it lacks intelligence or that it lacks artfulness or that it trips up on itself.  It doesn't.  They just don't want to admit that the events contained herein are possible, are conceivable, and could very well happen.

I will let you know that you will find out quickly that this movie definitely has an M Night Shyamalan feel to it, so much so, that you keep expecting him to make one of his cameos.

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