- Author: Josh Malerma
- Published: May 31, 2014 (US), March 27, 2014 (UK)
- Pages: 260
- Special Features: none
- Price: $19.99 (CAD)
- ISBN: 978-0-06-235212-5
Movie stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Daniella Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Machine Gun Kelly, and B.D. Wong.
By now everyone and their Grandmother has heard of Bird Box. Or at least, The Bird Box Challenge. With all the commotion this movie has caused I figured why not finally read the book. Why not hop on this train, so once finished I can watch the movie, and see what’s it’s all about.
First off, there’s nothing more frustrating than reading a book and later watching the movie adaptation of it. Expections are way too high, and you’re almost always setup for disappointment. In this case though, I don’t know where I stand, in the case of, which material did I like better? I want to keep this review spoiler free as much as I can for anyone who has yet to either read the book, or watch the movie.
While reading the book, all I wanted was for the story to speed up. All I I wanted was to know what happened to all the housemates, because the book starts off with just Malorie and the children. This was the bit that kept me going. What happened to them? But when the time came, and the fate of the house was revealed, I was left feeling disappointed. With everything the housemates learned and overcame, the fact that they all met that fate just didn’t sit right with me. Especially when it came to Victor the dog being in the cellar. It just doesn’t feel right that no one thought to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. The end just came so quick and swift. When I finally finished the book, I was underwhelmed. Which is way I’m conflicted when it comes to, which material wins? Book or movie?
Bird Box on Netflix was chaotic, and moved at a way too fast a pace. Obviously from book to movie, details will be left out and others added in to make the transition smoother. But I felt there were unnecessary changes that prevented the movie from having a nice flow. Characters back stories were left out, which made the household seem cold, and odd. A nice change from the book was the relationship between Tom and Malorie. Something I was actually rooting for in the book, and made the ending much more meaningful. But the movie seemed messy, and put together way too quickly. There wasn’t enough time to explain the characters, how they got there, and overall making the characters their own. You never got to know them. In the book they almost became their own unintentional family, whereas in the movie they are just a bunch of strangers who unfortunately are stuck together.
So which material triumphs? In this case, neither. They both lacked luster for me, and offered no excitement.
Would I recommend Bird Box, book or movie? I would recommend watching the movie versus the book. The book is worth the read, but not if you plan on watching the movie afterwards, as you will most likely be left feeling disappointed. Where as watching the movie first and only, at least the ending will leave you with a little more satisfaction.
To me, the only appeal that Bird Box seems to draw is the wonder of people learning to live blindfolded from a mysterious monster that makes lose your sanity. And who wouldn’t be drawn to a story like that?
Bird Box rating: Book 2.5(3)/5 stars.
Tell me, have you seen or read Bird Box, and what are your thoughts?
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