The first comments to Netflix’s largest – and most costly – film of 2023 have arrived, as the streaming firm collaborates with prominent Hollywood filmmaker Zack Snyder.
Following the success of his work for Warner Bros. and the DC film franchise, such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, director Zack Snyder is starting his grandiose space opera franchise, Rebel Moon.
Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire will be released in theatres on December 15, followed by a week on Netflix.
While social media reviews praised its ‘amazing’ graphics and ambitious action, other commentators criticised its storyline and similarities to previous sci-fi epics, notably Star Wars.
It’s been years in the making for (and in Snyder’s imagination), and it stars Sofia Boutella, Ed Skrein, Djimon Hounsou, Charlie Hunnam, Michiel Huisman, Ray Fisher, and Corey Stoll, with appearances from Cary Elwes and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
There is already a second chapter to Rebel Moon in the works, with second episode The Scargiver currently linked to the streaming site with an April 19, 2024 release date.
‘Okay #RebelMoon is quite simply epic! Massive scale, beautiful visuals (of course), awesome action, and some really fascinating mythology,’ praised GamesRadar’s Molly Edwards.
‘There’s lots of exciting set-up for what’s to come, but it’s still very satisfying as its own movie. Jimmy has also stolen my heart.’
Get Your Comic On’s James Lister added: ‘I’ve seen #RebelMoon and it is a visually awesome and epically ambitious ride. While not perfect, this first part will definitely leave you wanting more. Bring on PART TWO!’
bit Sunny Ramgolam of Live For Films believed Rebel Moon “took a while to find its groove,” he was nonetheless won over by the film overall.
‘It excels in action as Snyder knows best and by the end I was on-board. I’m excited for a part 2 and without all the baggage and expectation of the Star Wars series,’ he shared on X (formerly known as Twitter).
Tom Conroy of The Hollywood Handle called Rebel Moon ‘big, grand, epic and thriving with mythology, of which we only scratch the surface on here as so much feels yet to be uncovered’.
He also praised it for featuring some of his ‘favourite Zack Snyder moments to date’.
Others, however, were dissatisfied with its organisation and composition as part one in a series.
‘Visually very handsome and flows well but suffers from Part One Syndrome,’ shared Why Now’s Maria Lattila.
‘I would be lying if I said I wasn’t keen on The Scargiver now though!’ she added.
‘I wish I could say that I loved or even liked #RebelMoon, but after a promising first act, it launches itself off a cliff,’ wrote critic Mark Cassidy.
‘Zack Snyder is more concerned with “cool” action scenes than establishing and ensuring we’re invested in his characters.’
Cassidy also added that the film didn’t ‘stand as its own movie’ and was ‘so disappointing’.
@Sethsfilmreviews agreed, tweeting: ‘A film that can’t stand on its own two feet, always hunting for a focal point with its excruciatingly rushed character introductions and derivative narrative.
‘Some efficient world building and designs – but a disappointment overall.’
Snyder’s Rebel Moon began as a pitch for a Star Wars film before determining that he preferred it as a unique mythology.
Rebel Moon begins with a tranquil village on the outskirts of a faraway moon finding itself attacked by the soldiers of a despotic governing force.
Boutella, a mystery foreigner living among the locals, becomes their only hope for survival.
Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire hits UK cinemas on Friday, December 15 before streaming exclusively on Netflix from December 22.
Source My Celebrity Life.