Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) has left Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) battered and bruised in EastEnders on multiple occasions over the past couple of months, but it appears as if hes ready to carry out yet another unprovoked attack on the young man in the coming episodes. Although, this time, its for a very different reason.
When Stuart realised that his brother Callum (Tony Clay) was developing feelings for Ben, the Highway hard-man went out of his way to prevent the Mitchell lad from getting in the way of his brothers romance with Whitney (Shona McGarty). Back in June, he threatened Ben in the toilets of the Queen Vic then, in July, he brutally assaulted him in The Arches and left him for dead, then — on the night of Callums Stag Do in August — he knocked him unconscious and put him in a car boot.
Yes, its pretty clear that Stuart just doesnt like Ben — though we cant imagine why! However, youd think hed manage to put the contempt he feels for the Mitchell heir to one side given that Callum is beginning to date him, but unfortunately thats not the case, as he threatens to assault Ben once again.
However, this time, his anger isnt actually directed at Ben, but rather at his mum, Kathy (Gillian Taylforth). The Beale matriarch has been doing all she can to help Rainie (Tanya Franks) with her drug addiction but, in spite of her good intentions, Stuart doesnt take too kindly too her meddling, so he pays her a visit in the cafe and threatens to hurt both Ian (Adam Woodyatt) and Ben for whats transpired.
Will he carry out his threat?
Lets hope not — for Bens sake!
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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.