LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 02: Amber Midthunder attends the Prey Premiere at Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California on August 2, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
TV - Movies
How Indigenous
Critics Really
Feel About Prey
Since its premiere on August 5, Hulu's "Prey" has become a Hollywood flagbearer for Native American representation and authenticity. Critics have praised the film's focus on Indigenous culture, calling it one of cinematic history's most realistic and honest period pieces.
In her review, film critic and A Tribe Called Geek founder Johnnie Jae referred to "Prey" as "a groundbreaking achievement" for "the entire Comanche Nation." Jae pointed out that the film was initially intended to be shot entirely in Comanche rather than English, but director Dan Trachtenberg decided to go with two different versions.
"For once, as a Native man," founder and editor of Native Viewpoint Vincent Schilling wrote, "I could actually relax and enjoy a film without waiting for the culturally inappropriate bomb to drop." Most Indigenous critics are fans of "Prey," with many saying the same things about its representations of Native American culture.