I feel it possessed a superb concept but failed to satisfy the imagination of the audience.
It failed to explore the theme of blindness, whether or not the “being” is supernatural or even just psychological
It also failed to explore why exactly the “madness” affects sane people but only comforts the insane.
I also didn’t like the fact that the film failed to give us an insight into what happened to MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) and the police academy girl that ran away with the car. They should have shown what happened to them [probably a bad thing since what they did was very bad]. That hole was the deepest for me.
The book is better because it explained why the birds aren’t affected, why they easily sense the evil and the reason for the differences in its effect on human beings. In the end, I think it’s similarity to A Quiet Place made it fail.
In the movie ‘Bird Box‘, it was obvious that the lead actress (Malorie) had trust issues with people particularly men, I felt it had something to do with her pregnancy. Probably she had an unhealthy relationship with a man who got her pregnant and didn’t want anything to do with the kid. It affected the way she sees people and life in general. It also made her categorize all men as “assholes” this affected her decision making.
Someone she taught was an “asshole”(Douglass) turned out to be right all along and someone she taught was good and kind (Gary) turned out to be an “asshole” all along.
I just love the role of Tom. He showed her that not all men are assholes, he taught her to let her guards down, to embrace and experience all that life has to offer in spite of their predicament, He showed her that life is not all about the destination or survival but is about the journey. He taught her that she can’t be too careful. And finally, he showed her what true love is.
And I think the effect of Tom in her life was revealed in the Scene where one of the kids had to open their blindfolds to direct her. The old Malorie would have picked the girl (which is not her daughter) in a heartbeat knowing the death risk. But she chose not to pick anyone.
Bird Box is just awesome. It takes you through a horrifying but yet captivating experience on how Malorie evolved from a chary and nonchalant personality to this caring and loving mother who would do anything for her kid and even a kid that’s not hers.
I think as real as the producer(s) of Bird Box wants us to believe it is, there are still some questions that need to be answered at the end of the movie. I ended up asking myself questions like: What happens when the survivors run out of food supply and there’s no means of getting food in any way whatsoever? What’s the cause of the virus? Who will eventually stop the virus?
Why would some people still open their eyes and not get hurt? Especially the woman who played the role of the heroine, alongside the two kids who were made to survive all forms of challenges. I mean, how on earth could such young chaps have survived such dilemma during such trying period, without getting infected with the virus or being hurt in the long run.
After asking myself these questions, I eventually had to face the reality that it wouldn’t have been possible for that woman and the two kids to survive all through the challenges, with their eyes blindfolded while they were navigating around and having nothing tangible to eat.
I also had to remind myself of the popular belief that “actor no dey die” 😄… I guess that’s why the woman didn’t have to die since she’s the main cast 😅
Also, I feel there’s no point trying to survive…but I’m sure they wanted to make us believe that they needed to survive despite the challenges and that’s why there had to be an escape route, courtesy of the home for the blind since they couldn’t survive in the normal world any longer. After all, they wouldn’t mind staying with the blind since they’re used to being blindfolded almost every time.
In conclusion, I think the movie is embedded with puzzles for its viewers to unravel the answers themselves 😄.
Bird Box is kinda metaphorical to me meaning “quiet place”, you may want to carry a bird wherever you go cause birds can sense danger and also are acutely sensitive…
Amidst the horror, the suspense, and the tensed state the movie put me through, these important elements made up the movie to me- family, love, survival, (more)
A Family not by blood but interest. The sense to want to save and help the other person, the love was shared well maybe it was because of the condition but everyone looked out for each other.
Survival. some people call it “survival of the fittest”. I did learn that every day we see is a survival of the fittest, not only by strength though…
And the kids in the movie….’ Girl’ and ‘Boy’ as they were called, I totally understood the lady Malorie when she discontinued that black cute guy from feeding the kids with fantasy which of cos would just make the kids wanna dream and explore,and I mean its ok to explore and dream of a fairytale life but I deduced from that life isn’t a fairytale.
Life isn’t what we hear it or see it be especially in this social media age. Life is good, to be experienced in our own way just the way it is. The kids got to understand though. I also get the part that “kids are kids and should be treated like one”.
The Blindfold was one brave act. In reality, if we could discipline and blindfold ourselves figuratively, we would focus more on tasks ahead and things that really need to get done.
Then again I thought to myself if, in reality, some things we do could actually kill us if we dared to look, a lot of people would stick to blindfolds but some will eventually pass away cos in the real world some people are like goats who don’t listen… “don’t open your eyes, unless you die” the eagerness to wanna see and know does kill and is not always good…Thank You ❤️
Imagine being deprived of something that is almost impossible to do without.
‘Bird Box‘! If you must survive then you must be ready to pluck those eyes out…but how come none of the characters taught it wise to do so, was there a ray of hope lurking somewhere?
The movie ‘Bird Box‘ is epiphanous. As I watched I learned that life can change in split seconds. You leave home with the intention of returning back only to find yourself in another setting with strangers fighting a familiar enemy. Some strangers will be loving, gullible, weird, irrational, etc. different idiosyncrasies but a common goal which is ‘Survival’.
I liked that the importance of the lead character Malorie to stay alive was well depicted and that the subsequent deaths from other characters did not affect the vibe of the movie.
The lead character Malorie (Sandra Bullock) delineates in trait a quote from William Shakespeare’s drama ‘Hamlet’, ‘I must be cruel only to be kind’, this is Malorie. It is evident in her relationship with every character especially the kids’ Boy and Girl. She understands that kids can be easily carried away with too much play and can also get tricky with tantrums so she made her walls impregnable to the children because survival is paramount. The bedtime story told by Tom is gibberish to her. She needs the kids to live in the reality of what their lives have become. Imagine if she joins Tom in sweet-talking the kids? Imagine how spoilt they will be? It will only hinder survival. The way she stomached the death of Tom only goes to show how death can be basic in some situations.
I also learned that no matter how unloving a woman can be with children, there’s always a special affection for her own child. You can tell Malorie had a softer spot for Boy even though she tries to hide it.
But wait a minute! How is the title even Bird Box? The birds didn’t play so much importance other than being able to detect the paranormal presence. If there was probably special protection only the birds could provide then I would have said the title is suitable, otherwise, it is not. I mean the blind people had a hall pass likewise the lunatics so why call it ‘Bird Box‘?
And for a movie that has a duration of more than two hours and a few seconds, not giving the audience an idea of what the evil force wanted or how they came to be is a NO for me. But I guess it’s all in a bid to become a nonpredictable movie Yeah? Still a NO for me.
Nonetheless, I will say Bird Box stood out from the usual horror movies we watch. It’s a good movie, very didactic. One you can recommend for a friend. But hollop! It’s not as good a movie to make me watch the umpteenth time.