It’s fast becoming THE movie of 2018, and (dare we say it) is even beginning to outstrip the excitement for Avengers: Infinity War.
But it seems that some people have already decided that Black Panther is a catastrophe and should be avoided at all costs, despite it not evening rolling out on general release.
The group behind the campaign is called Down With Disney’s Treatment Of Franchises And Its Fanboys, but then again, anyone who would choose to see Justice League over The Avengers would, right?
That’s correct, a contingent of self-styled hardcore DC fanboys (that’s what they’re claiming to be at least) are trying to take down the Disney owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, as they blame the company and its Marvel outputs for the negative reaction the majority of the DC Extended Universe has been met with.
The group’s Facebook page, which has since been shut down, created an event called ‘Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes’.
Needless to say, the page had a negative opening statement.
‘Due to the sudden rise in those disgruntled with Disney business practices, especially due to the corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU, I feel that it’s time to strike back at all those under Disney and bring down the house of mouse’s actions for paying off the critics that hurt DC Comics on film and for other parties affected by them,’ it read.
If this sounds rather familiar, then you won’t be surprised that the group last made headlines in December when it took credit for the low Star Wars: The Last Jedi fan score.
However, it seems that the group has gone too far this time and Facebook has shut down its page.
On top of that Rotten Tomatoes is planning to fight them all the way.
Releasing a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the website said: ‘We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously. While we respect our fans’ diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech.
‘Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.’
Despite the hate, Black Panther is still being hailed as a critical success already, and is being widely touted as the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe hit already.
Only time will tell with that one, but Black Panther is released in the UK on February 12 followed in the US on February 16.
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‘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.