Netflix and Chill #4: “Bird Box”
After #metoo, these phrases might sound familiar.
”Hollywood lacks diversity on screen.”
”We need more female directors.”
”Hollywood’s female lead roles are written like idiots. Can’t we get strong female characters?”
”Shut up! All female characters are strong.” I disagree on this last one. Like male characters, female characters come in every mental state of being, or everyone in a film would act like Wonder Woman.
Here we go. Netflix publishes a film directed by a woman, about a strong female lead WITH KIDS(!), with diverse characters (Asian, black, female), a fairly good end of the world survival tale, one executive produced by the female lead, and you people don’t want it? The film is free for Netflix subscribers. This costs you absolutely nothing! What is wrong with the world?
My conclusion is, people want female driven romcoms, or women struggling with fertility. Standard stuff. All those films CAN BE good but half the time or more aren’t. They should never be all women are allowed to be on screen. Audiences being unsupportive of films like Birdbox tell studios, “Moms are not strong, asterisk kicking women making wise decisions in crisis. Give us more dim witted romcom leads struggling to find a man in NYC over a weak plot!”
You people have Sandra Bullock giving us her best action girl badness since the 90’s and you don’t support it?
John Malkovich, acting his heart out as if his life depends on it, and you don’t support it?
Characters in a suspenseful plot of every background who don’t play up to stereotypes?
Netflix viewers support generic holiday romcoms a la Hallmark. The very second a woman defies the Hallmark holiday hookup plot into a unique story of her own, fans (haters?) and critics pan the film online. I’m sorry. I loved this movie and felt happy once and for all watching Sandra Bullock in a role where she doesn’t question her biological clock over cocktails.