Bird Box has taken the internet by storm these past couple of weeks. I’ve seen mentions of it from my Instagram feed to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show so naturally I felt inclined to check it out over Winter Break.
Bird Box is a story about Malery, an extremely introverted artist that forces herself to become a leader when a mysterious force arrives in the US that compels people to kill themselves when they look at it. After being fortunate enough to survive the initial impact of the monster, she learns of a safe haven just down the river of where she living. In the interest of survival, she wants to go to this rumored place. The only problem is she has two children and they all have to be blindfolded to protect themselves from the monster.
Overall, I’d give this movie a mashed rating. Before you hate on me, I genuinely liked the concept of the movie. I really enjoy watching movies that try to theorize the inevitable end of our world, and I did not see a suicide monster being one. The biggest complaint I have about this movie is the way they structured it. The directors chose a Megamind storytelling approach and showed bits and pieces of the end of the movie as exposition. Little did they know they were spoiling the rest of the movie because we know exactly what happens to all the side characters introduced during the movie; they die. Once I realized this, it greatly took away from my viewing experience.