Be Careful, Choose Your Ending Wisely

Dessi Thomas, Staff Writer

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Along with several other movies added to the popular streaming site, Netflix has added an unusual movie with not just one ending, but with six others. This butterfly effect type movie is called Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

The movie takes place in London in 1984. Stefan, who is the main character, is controlled by the actions that the viewer chooses. The viewer has two choices and is timed.

Throughout the film strange things start to occur with each choice. Stefan begins to act sporadically and slowly begins to lose his mind.

The movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on December 28 of last year. I have mixed feelings about this movie. The movie is high paced, creepy, and very unsettling at times.

The film follows a very nonlinear timeline, sending the viewer forwards, backwards and sometimes making the viewer feel somewhat disoriented. The viewer will most definitely have to watch the film over and over even after completing all the endings just to grasp and retain what was just watched.

I did not like the flip flop back and forth because it left me confused at times. I finished with ending number two. This ending made me cry. I was in complete shock because of what happened.

The critics on Rotten Tomatoes rated it an 7.39/10. Overall, the critics thought it was an incredible experience that is hard to forget. I personally would not use the word incredible; I would instead call the experience inconceivable. Critic Margaret Lyons said, “I found the whole process stressful and unpleasant, and occasionally just straight-up upsetting. It’s an achievement I admire, but not one I’m all that interested in.”

I agree with what Lyons says because it was indeed stressful and unpleasant. It is not a bad movie; it is just not what I am interested in. I recommended it for people who want to get emerged in a deep complex storyline.