Over the holidays, people were catching up on their Netflix bingeing and stumbled upon “Birdbox”, a new apocalyptic thriller starring “Moonlight” star Trevante Rhodes and Sandra Bullock.
The film is in the vein of of every other ‘end of the world’ movie, where unlikely strangers bond together to survive against a formidable foe on earth or beyond.
Spoilers galore ahead:
I will say the pacing of the movie was fast. The plot begins in the middle of a benign and playful conversation between Sandra Bullock’s character and her sister about her unborn child. Suddenly, viewers are shoved into a cinematic hell, as they witness numerous characters spontaneously commit suicide with no explanation.
I, (along with the gang of women who are just as thirsty as me), tuned in just to watch Trevante Rhodes. I hadn’t caught a movie with him as the lead since his “Moonlight” debut, and I was excited to see his
chocolate skin, white teeth acting again. While the film isn’t as compelling as Rhodes’ other acting work, it is sure as hell entertaining. There isn’t much context as to where the creatures came from and what their goal is, which leaves a lot to be desired. The romantic chemistry between Rhodes and Bullock is also super flat, but maybe that’s just jealousy writing.
Black Twitter had a field day lusting over Trevante as I did, as well as making memes and remaking scenarios surrounding the movie. The beauty and power of Black people on social media is that we can create an entire cultural phenomenon out of a subpar movie. The movie is worth watching just so you can understand the memes alone.
Here are some of the favs:
Those birds were the key to their salvation.