Bird Box (2018 Netflix Original)

 

Rating: R
Run Time: 2 hr 4 min
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%/72%


Bird Box is Netflix’s latest addition to their ever growing “Originals” lineup. In this post-apocalyptic drama we have Mallory (Sandra), a mother of two small children who is trying to survive the terrors of the “dark entities” in order to get her children to a sanctuary that promises a life free from the horrors of the world. Bullock is joined by a pretty talented cast which includes; John Malkovich (Douglas),  Trevante Rhodes (Tom), Sarah Paulson (Jessica), Lil Rel Howery (Charlie), and Tom Hollander (Gary). Bird Box is based on the soon to be best-seller of the same title written by Josh Malerman. The buzz surrounding this movie was incredible and with 45 million streams one has to question was all the buzz warranted or was this just another overhyped Netflix mess?

The GoodSandra Bullock pulled her best moments from Speed, Miss Congeniality, and The Proposal to give us a pretty good performance. One thing that Bullock does well is “freak out”! She is the queen of the spazzing out and her character Mallory was pretty spazz-tastic, but in a good and understandable way. The entire tone of the movie is survival, so Bullock has to sell us a mother that was emotionless and borderline mean to her children in order for them to survive. She demonstrated this so well that there were moments where I looked at Mallory as an almost antihero. For someone to convey this type of emotion with a blindfold on is a great example of talent. Tom Hollander and John Malkovich also gave very good performances. Douglas (John Malkovich) was every sane person that would want to survive in a world where the smallest mistake could cost you your life; it’s always fun when you get to root for a character that seems irrational but is actually making the most sense. Now, Gary (Tom Hollander), on the other hand was absolutely despicable and right from the beginning you just know he is not to be trusted. Tom gave us the kind of villain that is so crazy that they don’t see themselves as the villain at all but a saviour and those are by far the worst villains. His (Hollander) performance was so good that I don’t think I will ever be able to look at him the same again. **Honorable mention: Trevante Rhodes just for being so damn sexy, his performance was aight but those abs….yassssss.**The Bad:Sometimes a movie can be too vague and asks its audience to do too much analyzing and unfortunately this is what Bird Box did. We never found out the who, what, when, where, or why of the “dark entities” but were instead left to our own devices to create an origin story.  Now, what if I were to tell you that these entities are in fact….Infinity.  Yes, the author of Bird Box, Josh Malerman has stated in numerous interviews that the thing that people see when they lift their blindfolds is Infinity. Knowing this, do you feel like you now have a better understanding of this movie?..No? Well, neither do I. Some things do not translate well to film and this concept is certainly one of those things. The worst part of all of this is that Lil Rel’s character Charlie tries to explain these “entities” to the audience by giving an overview of different demons from multiple cultures that these creatures could be and this is never debunked throughout the film. So now I am having to question, did Netflix add an actual creature because someone thought the idea of Infinity being the main antagonist was too much to comprehend?Overall Rating:I really wanted to like this movie just because it received so much buzz but it just did not deliver for me. There were some good moments but overall I felt like I was being set up for a revealing, thrilling climax but I was left wanting more. Many are comparing this to the Happening (2008) but Shyamalan at least gave us some sort of reasoning, with Bird Box we got nothing. Now if you want to watch a post-apocalyptic film about abandoning one of your 5 senses in order to survive then this Sista Gurl recommends you check out A Quiet Place (2018)Bird Box is good for background noise but that’s about it, yeah I said!Holla!

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