I am not a big fan of horror movies as they tend to get my heart pumping a bit too hard, and I end up facing some sleepless nights after, even at this age. I still decided I‘d have to watch The Bird Box to learn what all the fuss was really about.
I’ve been a big fan of Sandra Bullock ever since I was a little girl. She’s always felt friendly to me, like somebody I’d like spending time with, and for some reason, I’ve always truly respected her. Not only as an actor but also as a human being. She seems cool, somehow.
Bullock’s performance in this movie was just like her—very respectable. She did a good job, great even. Her character was believable and sensible, and her acting, as always, on point. It‘s no wonder the movie has been receiving praise with such a wonderful lead actress, and she wasn‘t the only one. It sported many familiar faces, with names such as John Malkovich aboard.
I’ve always wondered why John Malkovich seems to take on the part of the annoying, grumpy guy in each and every film I see him in, but whatever the reason, he’s very good at it. I suspect that in reality, he’s a pretty nice guy, or he wouldn‘t be getting such great roles.
Now, to the plot. I think the idea was not too bad. It‘s an apocalyptic scene with some sort of beings roaming the earth that seem to appear out of nowhere and drive people mad. Suicidal, to be precise. If you see them, you die. This is why the smart people run around with blindfolds on.
What bothered me is that I wanted to know more about these beings. What were they? Where did they come from? And so on. I also struggled with the goal of the movie, as there didn’t seem to be as much finality in it as I would have hoped for.
Normally, in these kinds of movies, there’s some ultimate goal that will result in the survival of our species, of us. Either some crazy person runs around killing the zombies, or there’s a safe haven somewhere that’s truly safe, and we know for sure that the people will live. In The Bird Box, however, I’d say there really wasn’t one, and the ending for me was just our heroine delaying the inevitable.
After watching it, I really felt like reading the book, as I’m sure there will be more answers in it. That’s a common problem with movies that have to be of a certain length—it’s only possible to fit some of the material from the book, never all.
All in all, I’d say the movie had a decent entertainment value, and even I, the horror movie-phobic, could watch it and enjoy it.