'Rebel Moon: Part Two – The Scargiver' review: Can Zack Snyder save his space epic? 

'Rebel Moon: Part Two – The Scargiver' review: Can Zack Snyder save his space epic? 

Here we go again. It's been four months since Zack Snyder left. Rebel Moon: Part I – Child of Fire on Netflix. The project – originally developed as a Star Wars The film – failed to thrill critics or audiences. (He currently has a rating of 21 percent for the former and 57 percent for the latter. Rotten tomatoes.) But Netflix makes a big bet on Snyder, which has been around for a long time DCEU His grisly heroics and perfume ads have left fans giddy over the dark vision of the glamorous protagonist. First up to that point Rebel Moon The film was receiving rave reviews online, and a sequel was made. so, Rebellion: Part Two – The Scarecrow The failure of the last film arrives too soon to be forgotten.

But here's the surprise: This sequel — which really feels like a second act of the Snyder cut that could use a generous edit — is better than what came before. Or at least, it's less rigid, giving his talented supporting cast, which includes Digimon Honsu, Bea Donna, and Elise Duffy, a chance to lean in.

how does Rebel Moon: Part Two Connect to Part one?

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Rebellion: Part Two – The Scarecrow The latter picks up immediately at the film's clumsy end. Steely heroine Cora (a tough Sofia Boutella) returns to her village with her ill-fated love interest Gunner (Michelle Heisman) and a group of outcast warriors, who lead her adopted community to fight an evil empire. I am ready to help. Meanwhile, the evil Admiral Atticus Noble (ed Screin in Deadpool Smirk Mod), who almost died in his last battle, has recovered, and is coming into the second round.

Strangely, the character development that critics begged for. Part I I'm stuck Second part Before this climatic clash. With five days until the space forces land on the humble farming planet of Veldt, Korra and her crew must not only prepare for battle, but harvest the crops as well! It seems a little ridiculous to see Snyder's love for slow-mo action applied to Hounsou wielding a scythe or Doona throw. But without a doubt, it's a beautiful scene, in part because their characters clearly relish this moment of peace and communal harmony. Later scenes involving a village celebration bring more warmth to the film – that is, until these warriors go wrong by traumatizing their tragic backgrounds into muted gold-tinged flashbacks.

The placement of these revelations is troubling, with a full movie coming too late. But every actor understands the assignment of their two parts. In physical performance, their actions have a slight theatricality, capturing the intensity of the events on their psyche. In voiceover, one by one, they speak with regret, sorrow and growing determination, describing their motivations. Even as the CGI that surrounds them feels more suited to his mild silliness. Doctor Who Compared to a Hollywood blockbuster, this heartbreaking delivery breaks their heart.

It's a nice layout, but feels outrageously out of place. Imagine if George Lucas had revealed who Princess Leia was three hours earlier?

Sofia Boutella can't shake Snyder's solid space opera.

Sofia Boutella as Cora  "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Tarnished."

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As inexplicably formed as Rebel Moon is as a whole, its second half is strong for the strong inclusion of other fighters. Korra, with her background as an orphaned refugee, becomes a rebel for the evil empire, an arc we've seen in Star Wars with Finn and more recently. Fallout with Maximus. But Snyder and his fellow screenwriters Shea Heaton and Kurt Johnstad don't bring anything new to this archetype. And Boutella's performance is so brilliant that she's emoted by a robot.

Jimmy Jungbot's goal is a canon. "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Tarnished."

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Voiced by Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins, Jimmy the Battle Droid is still badly underused. Aside from once again initiating the opening exposition dump (rather than the famous Star Wars crawl), he spends most of the film sneaking around — wearing horns — as organic characters move around in preparation for battle. When he finally gets into action, it's thrilling — but it's also easy to want more.

Elsewhere, others carry emotional weight where Boutella's rigor fails. Donna, playing a lone swordsman finally accepted by a community, delivers a heart-warming arc with a determined fighting style. As a feared war hero, Honsu, who was surprisingly underused in the previous film, gets a chance to deliver an impassioned speech, exude pathos, shed tears, and even goofy joy. And when it comes to slo-mo kicking friends in the chest, no one does it better. Elise Duffy, who plays the face-painted rebel Milius, brings a down-to-earth sincerity, while relishing the role of the screen wolf and laughs and giggles. (Sadly, the MVP of the first film, Charlie Hunnam's douchebag space pirate, is long gone.)

This isn't the space epic you're looking for.

Ed Skeen as Admiral Noble "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Tarnished."

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While Scargiver Finally bringing character and fun into the mix, it still falls short of a satisfying action epic. It's too little and too late, I'm afraid. Whether it's a Star Wars movie or just plain old encouragement With George Lucas' world-changing epic franchise, it's impossible not to compare them. And Snyder doesn't have what it takes to compete.

Some of this is a matter of scale. While Rebel Moon An array of sets, special effects (including flat-bladed versions of Snyder's lightsabers), crowd scenes and skids of costumes, these films feel very low-budget when it comes to stunt scenes. For example, a much-anticipated betrayal sequence finally unfolds, and its merciless regressiveness is essentially shot in a desperate close-up, robbing us of the majesty of the horrific moment. took The other fight scenes are similarly limited, taking away the fear that might have been greater from the bombastic, massive spectacles. Thankfully, in Donna's sword fight, the wide shots give us an immersive view of her awesome fight choreography. But within these gimmicks, there's nothing show-stopping.

The big boom – it seems – is where the bulk of the budget is used. Here, laser guns spray bright red flames. Smoke billows from falling spaceships. A long-awaited warrior finally has a super cool spotlight moment, while others risk perishing for the cause. Good and evil clash with fire, fury and laser sabers on earth and in the heavens. This finale is where you can clearly feel Snyder's passion for his own galaxy far and wide.

Yet, walking so devotedly in the shadow of Star Wars, Rebel Moon Can't shine.

Rebel Moon – Part I: Child of Fire Now streaming on Netflix.

Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Tarnished Now streaming on Netflix.

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