So much for me getting to see ANTEBELLUM. After it got delayed for the second time due to the ‘Rona, they pulled it from the schedule altogether. Here’s what the filmmakers had to say about it: “While we designed Antebellum to be consumed as a communal experience in the theater, we are thrilled by the unique opportunity we have to pivot to a different kind of communal moment in our culture. As we face the realities of systemic racism in our country, which have crescendoed to this current inflection point in 2020, we understand how imperative it is to bring Antebellum to the broadest audience possible, while also prioritizing health and safety. It is our ardent hope that by sharing our film widely, both nationally and internationally, we will transform the moviegoing experience from home into a true event.” Uh-huh. “…thrilled by the unique opportunity…” Just putting the typical spin on it. Like in the olden days, when a comicbook series would get cancelled, and the editors would announce the cancellation with the words “Great news!” and then go on to tell the readers that the characters from the series would still pop up on occasion in other comics. “Great news” my ass.
I get it. The ‘Rona and all that. But why not just bump the release to next year like they’ve done with every other freakin’ movie I wanted to see this year? By deciding to release it direct to livestreaming, there probably won’t be a DVD release, which means there are those who won’t get to see the film at all—like me. Damn. I was looking forward to this one. It looked promising.