Antebellum review – the horrors of slavery repackaged as entertainment

Janelle Monáe stars in a lushly shot thriller that fails to justify its subject matter with anything resembling social commentary

There’s an increasingly wariness of slavery dramas. Must suffering always be the lens on Black lives? On the other hand though, the success of Get Out has Hollywood excited about the genre flick’s potential to interrogate America’s oldest, truest horror. Caught in the middle is Antebellum, starring Janelle Monáe: a film that attempts so much and fails at almost all of it.

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