Film Review: Bird Box

This film has taken by Netflix by storm in recent weeks, so I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about!

Based on the novel of the same name, Bird Box takes place in a world that has been ravaged by an unknown entity that causes people who see them to commit suicide.

It’s an interesting and unsettling concept, that mostly works well throughout the duration of the film. Bird Box focuses primarily on two separate timelines; the present day, and 5 years previously when the initial outbreak began. Out of these two timelines, the latter is more prominent. This was a wise decision I feel, as I personally was more invested in the film during the phases when the protagonist, Malorie, (Sandra Bullock) found herself as part of a larger group.

This film very much focuses more on the characters rather than the imminent threat, which is very much an afterthought throughout this whole film, to mixed results. Whilst some of them are quite interesting and engaging, like John Malkovich’s Douglas, some of them are immediately forgettable and I do feel they hung around for a bit too long. Sandra Bullock delivers a very strong performance as Malorie and she is a likeable and engaging lead character.

When the film ramps up the tension, it is mostly done well. Some moments are rather unsettling and will keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Although some of the outcomes are rather predictable, they are still satisfying and compliment the concept, however, I do feel like the film didn’t have the time to live up to its massive potential and there was so much more that they could have done with it. I know a few people who have suggested that it would have been better of as a TV series rather than a film, and I can’t help but agree. More time to flesh out the characters and the concept of this entity could have led to a brilliant series with more awesome moments than we did get through this film medium. Some viewers may feel shortchanged by the climax of the story.

Did Bird Box live up to the massive hype? For me, not really. But that’s not to say it’s bad by any stretch, I think I probably saw it a bit too late and having heard so much about it, I was expecting more. I felt the same way at the end as well, I enjoyed the film, but I couldn’t help but think of how much potential was wasted and I do think this would have been far better suited as a series. That aside, it’s a fairly solid film and I would definitely say it’s worth putting on some time. It’s a bit ridiculous in places, and I’m still wondering how Malorie’s make-up stayed so flawless during an apocalypse, but I’ll let it slide. Give it a try and see if you think it lives up to the hype!

If you’ve already seen it, let me know what you thought, I’d be interested to hear your opinion.

I give Bird Box a 7/10. 

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