Streaming Sunday features TV series or movies adapted from books I’ve read, offered on at least one streaming service and I’ve watched.
Bird Box is a movie adaptation of the book of the same name by Josh Malerman. It’s a post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Susan Bier. The screenplay was written by Eric Heisserer. It was released in December 2018 on Netflix.
The book was released in 2014 and is a creepy story where sight outside of a closed environment puts a person at risk. It’s told in the voice of Mallory who is pregnant at the time the threat arises. It transitions back and forth between the onset and a time years later when the world is radically different.
The movie stars Sandra Bullock as Mallory with many others in supporting roles, including John Malkovich and Sarah Paulson. Bullock was outstanding as this was a difficult role to navigate.
It’s rare for me but this is an instance where I found the book to be just okay and loved the movie. My biggest issue with the book was my own inability to visualize this new world. It just wasn’t as frightening as a result. But the movie? Chilling, especially seeing how human nature shows up in a global crisis. I loved the interpretation of how survivors had to exist in the new circumstances and wish I’d had these images in my head when I read the book. It’s pretty timely to watch now in retrospect.
The movie tracks closely with the book, at least I couldn’t identify any major differences. I read the book in 2016 and watched the movie soon after its release. The author wrote a sequel and there’s talk floating around for a Bird Box 2 but so far no definitive word about it being a reality.
I highly recommend the film and it’s not necessary to read the book first, in my opinion. If you do read the book first, I think you’ll be pleased with the adaptation. Keep in mind, though, that horror is well out of my comfort zone so I’m not the best judge for the genre. But it’s also a great dystopian representation.