EastEnders fans have been waiting a good while to discover what happened to that missing money and now the truth is out as Sharon Mitchell confessed to Mel Owen that she took it – as she was not prepared to be a trophy wife to her husband Phil.
Mel suspected that Phil had the cash and used Louise to access the house but Sharon intervened and told Mel that she was barking up the wrong tree. Mel managed to get under Sharon’s skin by accusing her of just being a silent, doting wife to Phil but Sharon hinted that she was anything but.
When Dennis came into the room, Mel seized on the topic of motherhood, knowing that Sharon would understand her pain at not knowing what has become of her son Hunter. Ciara Maguire is currently using him as a bargaining tool as she insists that Mel gets to the answer.
Mel kept pushing with Sharon, who started to gain empathy for her visitor, and warned her that if Ciara gets the money back, she would drop it – but if Aidan found out who took it, he would continue by getting revenge on the person who betrayed him and their family.
Sharon told Mel that she had taken the money – and she is by no means merely a sidekick to Phil and won’t deal with years of what he has put her through for nothing. Smugly telling Mel that she took the money from right under her husband’s nose, Sharon came clean about the truth but fans will have to wait and see what Mel will do with this information.
Will she hand Sharon to Ciara? Or will the women form an understanding and work together to solve the situation in another way?
‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.