When the premise for Antebellum was first introduced, many questioned whether or not it was primarily based on Kindred, the 1979 novel by Octavia E. Butler. The movie follows profitable writer Veronica Henley after she is kidnapped and finds herself thrust again into the antebellum time interval. Pressured to reside life on a plantation underneath the identify Eden, she comes up with a plan to get again to the life she knew earlier than its too late. Each Antebellum and Kindred have a Black girl author and writer as a protagonist that seemingly shifts between her modern-day life and life on an antebellum period plantation. Nevertheless, that is the place their similarities finish.
Kindred truly finds Dana going again in time and focuses on Dana’s connection to the previous as she tries to not succumb to the horrors and hopelessness of slavery. Dana has to depend on her ancestors in an effort to survive and the e-book delves deep into race relations, each by way of the lens of the Nineteen Seventies and antebellum period expectations. In the meantime, in Antebellum, Veronica is kidnapped and compelled to reside out the sick fantasies of the racist purveyors of a secret modern-day antebellum period plantation. Antebellum tries to offer commentary on the Black expertise and the trauma discovered inside however loses itself in a hole narrative and exposition photographs.
Antebellum has a stacked solid led by Janelle Monáe, however everybody’s abilities appear wasted as nobody is basically given a lot to do within the movie. It is laborious to not evaluate the movie with Butler’s novel, notably when the message for one is far clearer than the opposite. This leaves us questioning precisely who Antebellum was for, whereas wishing it truly had been an adaptation of Butler’s Kindred. It actually would’ve made for a extra advanced movie.