''I will always defend him'': the Rebel Moon star reacts to criticism of Zack Snyder's film

The first part of the Netflix sci-fi by the director of Justice League did not convince audiences and critics, but Sofia Boutella is ready to step forward

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To put it mildly, let's just say that Rebel Moon didn't wreak havoc on the galaxy. The first part of Zack Snyder's Netflix sci-fi blockbuster has been out on the platform for over two months now, but the enthusiasm has waned and the second part - The Scargiver, arriving in April - doesn't seem so eagerly awaited. Like other recent films by the director, it has attracted various criticisms and discontent, but some are ready to defend it vigorously.

Sofia Boutella, who plays the protagonist Kora in Rebel Moon, spoke about the criticism the film received and said she was ready to defend it from the attacks it received until the end. «I always thought I had the right armor to take these blows, then I read the criticisms about Rebel Moon and they really struck me,» she said during an interview with Vulture. The reviews were very negative and Rebel Moon on Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 21%, but the actress doesn't care: «I want to be honest about it. I feel like I'm carrying the weight of everyone who cares about this project and that's what has an impact on me,” she said. “I'm lucky because people seem to like what I did, but the film was criticized a lot.".

She then continued: “It's hard to see something you care about being torn down like that. I'm proud to have been part of it and if there is no more Rebel Moon, it will always remain an important part of my life and I will always defend it." Sofia Boutella is already looking ahead, aware that the poor response from the public and critics will probably not guarantee the birth of a lasting franchise for Zack Snyder, who with Rebel Moon hoped to give the world his personal Star Wars.

Unfortunately for him, however, the references were all too clear: the first part seemed excessively derivative by many critics, who pointed the finger at the lack of novelty of the story and a "Zack Snyder" aesthetic that now seems to ape his own style. As mentioned, the second part is expected on Netflix on April 19, 2024, and at that point, its leading actress will probably have to put her armor back on...

Source: Vulture