This Friday (21), the Netflix launched in its catalog, the film Bird Box (Bird Box). The film is based on the eponymous book by the American author Josh Malerman, published in Brazil by the publisher Intrinsic. Bird Box, is the debut book by Malerman, launched in 2014.
When it was announced that the book had won a film adaptation by Netflix, the euphoria of readers was divided by apprehension, after all, any novel adapted as a series or feature film, causes a certain fear that the work will be well adapted. Sandra Bullock she had been chosen to play the protagonist of the feature and caused even more anxiety.
Bullock is one of the most beloved actresses of Hollywood and also, the most charismatic among fans. With a discreet life and away from the spotlight, the actress only becomes news after participating in TV programs, giving interviews to newspapers and / or magazines or when she participates in events to publicize some work.
With Bird Box, it was no different. Mother of two (Louis and Laila), Bullock traveled the world with the cast to promote the feature, including Brazil, during the Comic Con Experience, in December. One of the most awaited panels in the CCXP, the Netflix, the actress was accompanied by Trevante Rhodes, actor with whom he shared scenes in the film.
About the movie
For just over two hours, the viewer follows the saga of Malorie (Sandra Bullock), where alongside a select group of people, they fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The film had been divided into two parts where they are interconnected: present and past through flashbacks. However, the past becomes effective, in the feature, so that the viewer understands how the entire crisis in the film took place, until in the final stretch of the film, the current time becomes the main way of telling the story.
Plastic artist and single mother, Malorie he lives a quiet and unpretentious life among his paints, canvases and paintings. Your sister, Jessica (Sarah Paulson), convinces her to go to the hospital to perform an ultrasound - up to that point in the plot, Malorie is pregnant. On TV, the sisters watch the news that a strange force drives people crazy, acting insane. It is exactly at that moment when the film begins.
Confusion and chaos are presented to the viewer and it is understood that when looking at something, their eyes are transformed and those who look, commit suicide in absurd ways: throwing themselves from the top of buildings, throwing themselves in front of moving cars, punching with sharp objects, etc.
The big secret is not to look at such a thing, therefore, all the characters remain blindfolded. It is impossible to take your eyes off the screen to know the shape of the thing that causes all this madness. Until Gary (Tom Hollander), a mysterious man and until then survivor, joins the others with the justification of being in search of a shelter.
It is at that moment when there is a change in the plot, it occurs from the birth of children. Five years later - and you will perfectly understand this passage of time and mix between flashbacks (past) and current time, children grow up and are named Boy (Julian Edwards) and Girl (Vivien Lyra Blair).
Malorie she becomes a somewhat stern but understandable mother. Her protective instinct and willingness to live, make her start training children in the style "survival in the jungle". The other instincts, such as hearing and smell, are refined - given the time they need to remain blindfolded.
The end of the film is exciting, touching and at the same time, electrifying. The performance of Bullock it is convincing and makes those who watch the film feel the same as your character. Tone (Trevante Rhodes) is incredible, his presence in the feature is extremely necessary, in the right dose, as well as the actor's performance. You'll be sorry when, well, watch.
Another highlight is John Malkovich. Your character, Douglas, is a bitter man, frustrated sentimentally and cold. The loss of his wife, right at the beginning of the film, does not make him cry or feel his departure. "She was my wife!“, Will tell Malorie, in a banal way. The talent of Malkovich will make you feel a certain anger towards your character, but calm down: just like Trevante, its role is fundamental.
Although small, the participation of Sarah Paulson it is extremely beautiful. And touching. It is nothing new for anyone that his character sees such a thing and ends up having the same fate as the others who saw her. That look at Malorie, will break your heart into pieces. It would be nice to see more scenes of flashbacks with the actress - the chemistry between Bullock and Paulson it's notoriously incredible. The two repeat the partnership of action since Eight Women and a Secret (Ocean's Eight).
From scenery to costumes, everything was very realistic. The special effects in the right measure to convince the viewer that such a thing exists. Its presence is notable through leaves, like someone invisible or swirls. I believe that in the book, there is a description of that hidden force that causes chaos, but for those who have not read the novel by Malerman and just watched the adaptation, the art team drew countless shapes of that monster on sheets of paper: an excellent idea, so whoever watches, know the different shapes that this evil force has, giving the idea of who sees it, sees in different ways.
The direction of Susanne Bier it's impeccable. Hollywood he really needs more talented women in charge of big productions. The woman has a different look at everything in question, even in life. The talent of Bier exudes from the densest scenes, passing through the tense and comforting the viewer in the quieter ones. Details that if the film were directed by a man, it probably would not have the same impact. The talent of the cast is unquestionable, but under the command of a filmmaker / director, it flourishes.
Bullock, besides acting, he signs the executive production and his talent is indisputable. In scenes you don't need to talk to, your looks and facial expressions are true words. When launched and shown for the first time, during Comic Con Experience 2018, the first reactions after the film was shown, were the same: “Sandra Bullock looks amazing!“. Without a doubt, deserving of all the honors for its performance.
Of course, a film adapted from a book will always please some and not others, but Bird Box, fulfills its role. The essence of Malerman is entirely expressed in the film's script. It is as if the pages have been transported to the screen, in a subtle and true way. The film is touching, exciting, electrifying and you will not want to stop reading the book, which for sure, the characters will come to your mind, in the physiognomy of the actors.
Do not open your eyes unless you are watching the movie.
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