As another amazing christmas day came to an end I finally had some time to unwind and relax. I haven’t sat down still in months to simply watch a movie but after seeing thousands of post on social media about the bird box exclusive movie on Netflix I figured that this would be a perfect time to see what all of the hype was about from the plethora of post. I will warn you that I’m normally not the girl who follows the crowd or even cares about the next best thing, however my interest was definitely peaked with the variety in responses that I would read along my social media feeds.
You can take a sneak peek at the Bird Box Trailer:
I urge anyone preparing to watch The Bird Box Netflix staring Sandra Bullock which happens to be a book written by Josh Malerman written four years ago in 2014 recently turned Netflix movie to erase everything that you’ve read from others, eliminate the thought of it being just another horror movie and look at it in a different way. Go in watching with an open mind and not play along into what social media deems as a great movie based on gruesome blood scenes, murder and horror. I challenge you to look at it as a life lesson that can be applied to your life.
From a writer’s stand point the movie has a far bigger meaning than just watching folks walk around outside with blindfolds on and that’s why I am sharing with you 5 Life Lessons You Can Apply To Your Life From Bird Box.
LESSON ONE – EVIL FEEDS OFF OF EVIL
The people in bird box were all afraid of looking because internally (Spiritually) they were afraid to allow evil to creep into their soul. The people who were affected and able to still see as if they were never affected was because those who are evil are never effected by evil. Evil sees everything Evil as Beautiful.
LESSON TWO – WE MUST SEE THE GOOD NOT THE BAD
The blindfolds represented hope, covering, love, faith and determination. Everyone blindfolded represented “GOOD” and “THE OPTION TO SEE GOOD”. The blindfold served as covering and shield similar to the way that we look to God and his angels to cover us although we can not see them we still know that they are with us. In life we may be going through a situation but we always keep the vision of the end results in our mind. We may see its bad but choose to only see the good not the bad.
LESSON THREE – DON’T ALLOW OTHER OPINIONS TO CAUSE YOU TO GET OFF COURSE
There were several moments during the movie when the opinions of others could have served as a method to taint fellow survivors belief that they would survive. In the movie we also see how many fall prey to this tactic and it results in their life ending. Sandra Bullock throughout the entire movie did an amazing job of showcasing her will to survive for herself and the kids that she was parenting, never allowing the bald head guys negative opinions to throw her off course and the many moments that she kept reiterating to the kids to not look or move under any circumstances. Bullock wanted the kids to stay the course even if they heard her hurt or killed…Their course would still lead them to safety.
LESSON FOUR – EVERY KNOCK DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO ANSWER OR OPEN THE DOOR
We see in the movie that it appears that every time someone tries to help someone else it ends horrific. When the lady ran outside of the house to help Sandra Bullock although she meant well and wanted to help because she saw a pregnant lady it resulted in her death. Secondly the moment that the pregnant woman knocks and the person feels compelled to open the door for her out of remorse because she is pregnant they have no idea that this one action of opening the door will later lead to their deaths. Thirdly, we see when the grocery clerk hears the knocking of a fellow co-worker he feels the urge to help him since the guy has always been good to him at work also result in his death. The last example is when the Simpleton makes the decision to allow evil inside when she opened the door for the professional. The one lesson that she should have realized is after they were already locked in the house for days that there was no way that anyone could have survived without a blindfold. This one opening of the door along with several others lead to their untimely deaths. STOP OPENING THE DOOR FOR EVERY KNOCK! BE CAREFUL WHO YOU ALLOW IN YOUR SPACE!
LESSON FIVE – THE ROAD IS ALWAYS BUMPY BEFORE ITS SMOOTH
When you see a road being built it never starts out as smooth. The process of building it includes a bumpy road during the process before its eventually smoothed out to perfection. The scene where Sandra Bullock had to venture across the river for about two days was a representation of calmness (smooth) and the bumpy (rapids) in order for them to get to their final destination in hopes to survive. We often experience amazing journeys in life and everything is positive and smooth sailing until one action follows with a reaction and we find ourselves on a bumpy road or river looking for an anchor to save us. We soon learn that we must weather the storm with a positive mind that the end results will be smooth and amazing
LESSON SIX – THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND
The entire movie is based on of the blind leading the blind concept, however the ones leading are not actually blind so they are able to see what is really happening. As the movie comes to an end its ironic that the safest place for everyone that survived is a School For The Blind. Why? Because the blind will never see evil. They only see happiness or what they’ve been taught which is to always see the “GOOD” in a bad situation.
LESSON SEVEN – THE BIRDS SYMBOLIZE FREEDOM
Birds are naturally free unless they’re pets. Birds also symbolize freedom with their ability to fly. They can also be seen as inspiration and one of God’s creations. Throughout the entire movie the birds were either caged or shoved into a box during transit until the very end when Sandra Bullock along with her kids finally made it to freedom. It was only then that her family finally felt a sense of freedom and so did the three birds as they were released. Honestly the three birds were also symbolic to me because they represented three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity or love
WHAT WERE YOUR TAKEAWAYS?
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