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Rebel Moon was marketed by Zack Snyder as a cross between Star Wars and the Seven Samurai, which is similar to trying to sell your new invention as the wheel meets sliced bread. Both are essentially impossible to duplicate.

Rebel Moon — Part One Review: Zack Snyder's Dreadful Netflix Epic –  IndieWire

The former channeled all of Akira Kurosawa‘s estimable talents in blocking, lighting, and composition for battles that still merit the almost worn-out term “epic”; the latter was a once-in-a-millennium Big Bang of raw movie stardom, snappy dialogue, and transportive production design that turned a mid-budget space oddity into a culture-straddling phenomenon.

So, before the kind folks at Netflix uncinched their readily loosened purse strings for what had gradually become the blockbuster king’s longest-simmering passion project, Lucasfilm and Warner Bros. passed on Snyder’s tall order, twice.

However, the final result only has the barest outlines of ambition, weakened by a clumsy approach that detracts from the latest CGI-jammed epic that attempts to determine the universe’s fate. This 134-minute film, if it can be called complete at all, really only focuses on the initial getting-the-gang together phase, which most genre films wrap up in the first half hour. The rest of the story will be resolved in a second installment that comes out next year.

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