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Rebel Moon Part 2 Review: The Scargiver for Zack Snyder’s Legacy

The concept of a Galactic Empire is not new to us; we have seen it find its way over time with various projects. The absolute pinnacle of this concept is what we first saw in Star Wars almost 50 years ago. However, in 2023, Zack Snyder introduced us to his version of a tyrannical galactic empire with Rebel Moon: A child of fire. His vision was admirable, but the execution proved a failure. Now, in 2024, Snyder is trying to redeem himself with the sequel, Rebel Moon: The Scargiver, but has it been a success in restoring Zack Snyder’s legacy? Let’s find out in this Rebel Moon Part 2 review.

Rebel Moon Part One shows us a fugitive from the Empire, Kora, who has taken refuge on the agricultural planet Veldt. But when the safety of this planet is threatened by a fleet under the… commanded by Admiral Atticus Nobleshe goes on a mission to find warriors who harbor a grudge against the Empire to fight against Noble and his army. However, Kora manages to kill Noble before he can set foot on Veldt, but near the end of the first film we learn that Noble is not dead.

The good

Rebel Moon Part 2 Review: The Scargiver for Zack Snyder's Legacy
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Rebel Moon Part 2 opens with a scene showing us the revival of Admiral Noble by the medical team of The king’s look. The first words he utters as soon as he comes back to life are: ‘Drop Corse off to Veldt. The Scargiver is on Veldt.’ In the entire two hours of this film, the best performance was given by Ed Skrein as Admiral Noble. The presence, the mean mannerisms, the psychopathic look he mimicked in his eyes, and the dialogue delivery surpasses anything else in the film.

Another character that could have been an absolute delight was Anthony Hopkins as Jimmy, the sentient robot. During the time he appears in the film, he makes his presence felt. I can only imagine what an epic experience it could have been if he had more screen time. but for some reason Snyder chose to give him less than 10 minutes of screen time.

When news of the impending invasion reaches Veldt, the farmers decide to harvest their crops and use them as shields. Since Admiral Noble’s goal is to harvest their crops, he would not want to destroy them, giving Kora, her warriors, and the farmers a strategic upper hand.

Looking at the harvest scene, the cinematography is nothing short of beautiful with a well-placed musical score. The overabundance of slo-mo scenes during the harvest clouds the whole experience a bit, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. In my opinion, Snyder took into account the response he received and improved the visual and musical appeal of the film. But halfway through, Zack Snyder forgot to work on the story similar to the first part.

The bad

Rebel Moon Part 2 Review: The Scargiver for Zack Snyder's Legacy
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After all this, the war started, and once again, what should have been the highlight of this film turned out to be mediocre. Okay, I get that the heroes will suffer when they’re hopelessly outnumbered, but killing Nemesis, the katana-wielding badass, in the first ten minutes of the war is downright comical. She was introduced to viewers as the most fierce swordsman in the Milky Way and three soldiers overpowered her in battle? Serious? The developing chemistry between her and the young child was also left hanging in the middle. If Snyder wanted to kill her so quickly, what was the point of showing us hope for her redemption? That makes no sense at all.

Not only this, General Titus, a decorated and experienced soldier, literally turns his back on the enemy fire and miraculously doesn’t even get scratched. Looks like Stormtroopers have some competition now. The fight sequences are very predictable, but what disappointed me the most was hHow predictable was Admiral Nobel’s death.

As Noble was choking Kora with that lightsaber doppelganger sword in the background, I knew Gunnar was going to grab it and stab Noble in the back, and guess what, that’s exactly what happened in Rebel Moon Part Two. Moreover, the most important thing is that the film does not live up to its title. The movie is called “The Scargiver,” but why Kora is called The Scargiver is still a mystery that Zack Snyder has left for us to solve.

If you think the mess that is Rebel Moon Part 2 ends here, you’re as wrong as Snyder was when he thought we were going to love each other The Scargiver. Okay, so we know that Atticus Noble wasn’t the main antagonist, but merely a pawn of a mastermind named General Balisarious. However, after appearing for less than two minutes in the first film, he is nowhere to be seen in this film. At least not in its current avatar. He makes a brief appearance in a flashback.

Why that is the case is a mystery to me. I mean, if we know who the big bad is, why can’t we see him? Imagine watching Star Wars without Darth Vader, that would suck, wouldn’t it?

And the ugly one

Rebel Moon Part 2 Review: The Scargiver for Zack Snyder's Legacy
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Now let’s talk about the biggest problem I have with Rebel Moon Part 2, the Princess Issa. Okay, everything we’ve seen so far revolves entirely around the death of the king, the queen, and especially the princess with the gift of healing. The entire arc of Kora, the ruling ideology of “The Slain King,” everything boils down to the death of this princess.

Guess what General Titus says towards the end of Rebel Moon 2? “The princess is still alive.” I mean, excuse me? What was this all for? Why did that poor farmer have to get a shot in the head if the damn princess was still alive? This makes the story so irrelevant because Kora’s motivation, revenge, is completely negated. Plus, as viewers we all thought we would get answers to the mysteries from part one, but no, most of them remain unanswered. Zack Snyder said the director’s cut release in August will answer all our questions; hopefully, I think.

Now we come to the final aspect of Rebel Moon Part Two: the characters. Kora is essentially what Luke Skywalker would be if you took away his emotions and presence and gave him a permanent frown face. Kora’s character remains as lifeless as in the first film. The only time she shows a shift in expressions is when Gunnar dies, but otherwise her expressions remain fixed on just frowning.

General Titus, on the other hand, was portrayed in much better light and depth, so kudos for that. However, when it comes to Nemesis, a character who single-handedly stood his ground against a giant spider monster was completely ignored in Rebel Moon 2. Zack Snyder was like: “Can she kill a monster ten times her size? Yes; can she take care of herself against three soldiers; No.”

So, Mr. Snyder, I take back my cookie point. The same goes for Jimmy, if his character were given more depth and screen time, he could become a character for people to watch this movie and the other six sequels he plans to make, but it doesn’t seem like Zack Snyder do. such as dollar bills.

Finally, did Rebel Moon Part 2 fix what was wrong with Rebel Moon 1? Yes, that’s right, but not what needed to be fixed. The biggest drawback to Rebel Moon was that the story didn’t seem very well connected. The VFX and other aspects needed fixing, but we would have overlooked this if the story could have connected with us and given us something we hadn’t seen a million times before.

Rebel Moon: The Scargiver has all the elements of a Zack Snyder film, the cinematography, the musical score and the slow-motion effects, but it misses the most important thing: the soul that reaches people and ensures that they experience a film and really experience it. So in my opinion, The Scargiver is definitely a scar in Zack Snyder’s legacy.