Rebel Moon Part One: A Child of Fire – 2023

Rebel Moon Part 0ne

As the title of this movie, Rebel Moon Part One – A Child of Fire is somewhat long and clumsy. I will refer to it as only Rebel Moon Part One in the text. I think this makes sense because if there is a part one, there should be a part two later, right? That ought to be enough to distinguish them from each other anyway.

Star Wars

I know I’m not the only one getting the vibes of Star Wars when I see the cover art. I’ve already seen other reviews pointing that out and not in a good way. I’m not one to go with the flow of other critics. I have often commended films others don’t like, and I have often hated movies there others love. It’s just not for me to always think like everyone else. With that said, I have only ever read a few lines here and there about Rbelel Moon Part One. What I’ve read hasn’t been very positive and now – drumroll – I agree!

Just because I don’t willingly go into the fold of what others think doesn’t mean I think they’re wrong all the time. I find Rebel Moon Part One a low-paced uninteresting movie for the most part. I don’t think it’s bad in any way, just boring. There’s really no point to it. The story more or less centers on this village being attacked by the regime. They want the farmers’ crops and they don’t care if the village cannot sustain themselves and starve after they get what they want- That means that the regime attacking the village is in fact attacked by bad guys – villains. Therefore some of the villagers go out in “the big world” to seek allies. Allies which they cannot pay but offers to join them in defending the village as part of the rebel “cause”.

Seven Samurai?

Haven’t We seen this before? I was convinced that they would gather up seven people or groups to help defend the village. The Magnificent Seven Anyone? Seven Samurai anyone? It’s a nice story but here it doesn’t work. I won’t say that this is exactly what happens but the vibe is definitely there. There’s that and the fact that the feel of a Star Wars story is ever-present, but only as a weal substitute for any of the real films.

I’m surprised really. There are some cool sequences in the film no doubt but I cannot fathom how Zack Snyder can make a movie with so shallow characters that you don’t care if they live or die. To be quite frank, I was waiting for it to end most of the time. It’s way too long. Possibly, when seeing the second part, it will come together. Maybe we needed all the background in this one to make the full story work. I don’t see how but it’s possible.

Rebel Moon Part One was a big disappointment for me. I can’t say that I look forward to seeing the second part, but once I have started I will also finish it. I just hope it’s not a trilogy.

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Tommy Snöberg Söderberg

Autodidact film scholar and music-loving thinker who reads the occasional book.

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