Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Zack Snyder’s Netflix Film, “Rebel Moon,” Creamed by Critics with a 22 Rating, Audiences Aren’t Thrilled Either


We hear a lot about Zack Snyder, former director Warner/DC comics movies.

Even in “Barbie,” there’s a joke about the “Zack Snyder cut” — a reference to the endless director’s version of “Justice League.”

But Snyder seems to have struck out with anyone’s cut of “Rebel Moon.” A Netflix movie getting a one week run in theaters, “Rebel Moon” has an atrocious 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. Even audiences don’t seem excited, giving it a shaky 72%.

Even more worrisome: “Rebel Moon” is the first part of a trilogy.

Netflix has nothing to worry about. They’ve had a bunch of successes this Oscar season with “Maestro,” “Rustin,” “Nyad,” and “American Symphony.” So there had to be one layabout in the group, and it’s “Rebel Moon.”

One reviewer called it “A hugely expensive but uninspired ‘Star Wars’ knockoff with some thrilling action sequences, and some truly ugly moments that taint the entire thing.” Another said: “It’s a film populated by some of the Justice League Snyder Cut filmmaker’s worst impulses: a mess of imagery, some of it attempting to shock, congregated largely around the idea of what might look good in a trailer.”

And so on. I’m only sorry that Djimon Honsou, a two time Oscar nominee, isn’t getting offered better roles.

“Rebel Moon” hits Netflix this Friday.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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