The movie Bird Box was released on Netflix just before Christmas and the internet exploded over it.
I admit I was surprised. At this time of year, most people are embracing sweet, dorky Christmas movies on Hallmark.
But an end of the world thriller starring a woman?
Being a Sandra Bullock fan, I checked it out. I found the movie intense and a bit anxiety-provoking, but well-done. It’s not really my cup of tea story-wise (too much killing and stress), yet as I reflected on it, I came up with lots of reasons why Bird Box is amazing.
- I love that Sandra Bullock is pregnant in this movie. Not because of what it adds to the story (it adds a lot), but because of what it means in the real world. Sandra Bullock is in her 50s. Finally, a movie showcased a woman acting younger than her age.
- And a woman in her 50s is THE LEAD in a Hollywood movie. Woot, woot!
- I appreciate that Sandra Bullock produced this movie and it was directed by another woman, Susanne Bier.
- Her character, Malorie, was just as smart and strong as the men in the movie.
- Plus Malorie had to escape the baddies, fight the baddies, and survive not just by herself, but with two kids. It honestly made me think of real-life superwoman Sacagawea who survived everything Lewis and Clark survived, but with her baby strapped to her back.
- Oh, and she did all that while blindfolded. Geesh.
- I like that Sandra’s character was mean to her kids. At one point in the story, one of her kids wanders away because she thinks Mallorie is mean to her. Hello! Malorie is only mean because she’s trying to save you and protect you. Can any other moms out there relate? Heck, yes!
So, I think Bird Box is pretty cool in a lot of ways, even if the storyline is a bit tense.
Did you see Bird Box? Did you like it? Can you think of other movies you like because a mother figure kicks butt? Aliens with Sigourney Weaver comes to my mind.