The smash hit TV sensation over Christmas has to be Sandra Bullock’s Netflix debut in Bird Box.
Probably the least festive film to have ever taken over December but with more than 45 million people watching it in the first week, it is safe to say that Bird Box has struck a chord with subscribers to the streaming service.
The blindfolds, the ‘invisible’ monsters and the epidemic of suicides has led to every second of the two-hour long offering to be analysed and viewers have seemingly gathered the meaning of Bird Box into four categories.
Bird Box on Netflix
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There is also a belief that (spoiler alert) how it ended, there is a good reason for a sequel.
First though, what was it all about, according to those that have watched the record-breaking Netflix flick.
The fear of parenthood
It is fair to say that Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, is very much an unmumsy mum.
She is not feeling the maternal instinct while pregnant and once the baby is born, she wants to protect him from the monsters, though not enough feeling to actually give him a name beyond ‘boy’.
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Some viewers believe that the river at the centre of the film is a metaphor for the struggles of parenthood.
Bird Box director Susanne Bier had said: "There are a lot of things that are part of our idealised vision of motherhood, but I always thought it was much more complex, much more ferocious… I think that’s what Sandra gives it."
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Malorie is an artist and we first meet her as she tackles a huge canvas, on which there are a number disengaged characters, who she claims to be "lonely".
Sandra Bullock’s Malorie explains: "It’s really about people’s inability to connect. The loneliness is just incidental."
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Mental health awareness
There has been much debate about whether the film tackles mental health in a positive light or not. It becomes clear in the movie that those that were suffering with with mental health problems are not affected by the deadly creatures.
Viewers believe this demonstrates that some people are battling demons, every day of their lives and Bird Box is actually all about highlighting these problems and raising awareness about suicide and how those that are ‘not looking sad’ could still harbour suicidal thoughts.
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For some, Bird Box has a number of religious undertones, with certain quotes and actions seemingly relating directly with passages in the bible..
The wearing of blindfolds has encouraged those still alive to take a ‘leap of faith’ by trusting their instincts rather than using their eyes to guide them.
The bible quotes: "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes in Netflix film Bird Box
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Will there be sequel?
Whether there is a sequel in the pipeline or not, what is for certain is that after 120 minutes of the intense psychological thriller, there are a number of questions that need answering.
Malorie may have made it to a safe haven with her children but outside the doors, the monsters are still out there.
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Of course, there are options for prequels, looking at where these monsters came from and what their motivations were, apart from the destruction of the human race.
Then there is what happens next. As the children grow and become young adults, will there be an attempt to take on the monsters?
There is no suggestion that a sequel is in the pipeline but with more than 45 million viewers and an ending that is inconclusive at best, there is every opportunity for another opening of the Bird Box, to see what flies and who dies.
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