This post contains spoilers for Bird Box.
At first blush, Bird Box’s flaws seem inoffensive, if plentiful: A poorly written script, half-baked world-building, paper-thin characters, and the waste of the talents of an Oscar-winning actress on five-year-old screen partners.
But under closer scrutiny, a more sinister byproduct emerges from the failures of Netflix’s Sandra Bullock-starring post-apocalyptic thriller.
The villainization of people with mental illness in Hollywood is far from new. But Bird Box seems to wear this stigmatization and its sensationalization of suicide like a badge of gritty honor. Read more…