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Bird Box

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Many people have most likely heard about the new movie on Netflix called Bird Box. The movie makes an appearance on social media every day with the creation of new jokes, memes, and challenges. People describe Bird Box as many different concepts. While some people really enjoyed the movie for entertainment, others saw the movie as a negative view on mental illness. Some people even depicted the movie as having another symbolic meaning. The movie had a huge rise in popularity due to these various controversies on social media.

Bird Box tells the story of the journey of a mother and her children during a worldwide catastrophe involving an unknown force. It takes over the world and causes people that look into it to either commit suicide or become psychotic and lead others to the dangerous force. The main character endures the dangerous journey to find a safe place for herself and her children while being blindfolded the entire time. The movie explores past and present to show how the characters were brought to this point, how they survive, and how dangerous the force is.

One popular theory describes the movie as a take on mental illness. People claim the way the force makes people go crazy makes people with mental illnesses or suicidal thoughts seem like monsters and freaks. This idea forms from the fact that characters that already have a mental illness cannot be consumed by the evils of the force, and the monsters can’t hurt them. However, others believe that the movie spreads awareness about mental illness and the concept that anybody can be consumed by dangerous thoughts at any time. These people think the movie provides the idea that societies think of mental illnesses as amusing and don’t see how dangerous they actually are.

Some people even described Bird Box as a movie that acts as an allegory. This idea elaborates that the movie has another symbolic meaning for motherhood. The journey of the main characters refers to the obstacles and challenges that come with being a mother. People describe the blindfold as parents’ want for their children to ignore or not see racial prejudice or the “pitfalls of social media.” The mysterious force relates to the theory of government or global corporations collecting our personal information to later use it against us. Supporters of the allegory theory say that mothers can prepare their children for the obstacles of the world if they teach them to be strong and always persevere.

I personally think that Bird Box was an interesting movie, but I believe it was slow-paced. I think the plot took too long to develop; however, the movie was entertaining overall. I agree that the movie can be seen as an allegory for motherhood even if that wasn’t the intent of the creators. I also think that it can be an awareness for mental illness, but I don’t believe that the creators meant to interpret people with mental illnesses as monsters like some claims. The movie was rated R, so it may not be appropriate for younger audiences. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys movies with suspense.

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9 Responses to “Bird Box”

  1. Cjay74 on January 11th, 2019 7:59 am

    Katelyn, I loved Bird Box. I agree that it is maybe too slow-paced. I had to watch it over two days because it was slow. I do think they hit on a gold mine idea. Great article, keep up the good work!

  2. mdish72 on January 11th, 2019 11:10 am

    Great article Katelyn! I have not seen this movie before, but I believe it is a great thing that this movie portrays the effects of mental disorders as well as motherhood. I also see this movie review as an encouragement to have other movies similar to portraying a modern day issue. Great job!

  3. Dixon Collins on January 14th, 2019 9:52 am

    I’ve never watched Bird Box, but it sounds like it’s a great movie. I like how you described how mental illness is tied into the thriller. I’ve been hearing on the news how many people are trying the Bird Box challenge and getting injured. Great article!

  4. Kyla Valdez on January 14th, 2019 2:03 pm

    Katelyn, I thought your article was very informative. I thought the plot was developed a little slow-paced too. Although it was slow-pace, I thought the movie was portrayed very nicely.

  5. Malachi Snider on January 14th, 2019 2:04 pm

    I have not yet watched the full movie of bird box. It sounds like a great movie to watch. It shows and gives examples of mental illnesses and ties it in the movie to. Great article and job keep up the lovely work.

  6. Emily Cannon on January 14th, 2019 2:05 pm

    I’ve seen Bird box and I loved it. However, the force didn’t just make people commit suicide. It made them see their worst fear or remember their greatest lost and drive them into a deep depression, instantly leading to suicide. Otherwise, this is a very informative article!

  7. Ashley Turnpaugh on January 14th, 2019 7:03 pm

    Katelyn I love this article! I wasn’t that sure about some of the movie was, and this helped clarify things. I agree that the movie was very slow.

  8. McKayla Thompson on January 17th, 2019 9:48 am

    Great article Katelyn! I thought the bird box was really interesting. I didn’t like how the movie was connected with flashbacks. I like how you talked about the different allegories, and I also don’t believe the creator had the intentions for them. Although it was a very slow movie, it was still very good. Keep up the good writing.

  9. Brooklynn Fye on January 22nd, 2019 12:00 pm

    You did an awesome job explaining this movie! All the details used help describe the movie without giving everything away. Each allegory has a very good point to prove throughout the movie. Good job and keep writing!

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