Antebellum follows the story of Veronica Henley, a successful author. On the night that Veronica’s ex-husband leaves, she finds herself in a complex and terrifying truth. She needs to find a solution to get out of it as fast as possible.
Antebellum is the first cinematic movie of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz that was released on streaming services due to the Corona epidemic.
The movie is about a woman, Veronica Henley (played by Janelle Monáe), an author and a sociologist that goes to Louisiana to attend a press conference. After the press, Veronica decides to go to a restaurant with her friends. On her way back, she takes a wrong Uber and is abducted by some white people, and is taken to an entertainment place that is a US civil war memorial. Now she is trying to escape the area controlled by racists and lunatics.
Antebellum roots are in retelling the racial hatred and tries to make a connection between two periods of time. Audiences at first think this is a horrifying story in the 19th century during the American civil war, but suddenly they experience a trip to the present time. While audiences are attracted to the primary atmosphere of the movie, they assume all the tensions are stories born in the mind of an author.
The movie has a neutral look at Veronica’s life. An active author and sociologist who tries to change white’s look in black people. In Antebellum as well as “Get Out” movie, positive and good characters are rarely white. All the white people in this movie are weird and bad. However, Veronica cannot stand white people as well.
From the woman who gives stretching exercises to Veronica, to the hotel secretary who insults her. White people in Antebellum do not have a clear shot and it’s the black people who take control of the scenes. This is seen in the Get Out movie, However Peele’s idea was not accepted by some of the audiences.