The Popularity Pattern: Comparing Bird Box to A Quiet Place


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Many Netflix watchers have seen or have heard of the movie “Bird Box” that was released in December of 2018. It has been all the rave since its release but with its fame, an interesting pattern was noticed by moviegoers. In the past year, there have been multiple movie releases but many of the popular thrillers have shared the feature of not being able to use a specific sense. In Bird Box, it’s not being able to see and in A Quiet Place it’s not being heard, but besides the obvious, the two movies have many more similarities.

Bird Box is a science fiction thriller starring Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson. Sandra plays the main character, Mallory, who is many things except prepared for motherhood.  A Quiet Place is also a science fiction thriller that was released in early April of 2018. This movie is about a family trying to survive apocalyptic earth that has been taken over by beasts that hunt whatever they can hear. This poses many challenges and one small sound can make one big mistake. This movie was nominated for the 76th Golden Globe Awards and received outstanding reviews from critics. “A taut origin. The movie is about an unknown species of beings drastically shrinking the human population by making people see their worst fears when looked at. No one knows what they are or where they came from but one thing becomes very clear if you look at them you die. The story revolves around the main character’s journey of survival and her desperation to save the ones she loves. Within the movie, there are many parts that connect to each other in the end and although the movie became extremely popular, many critics found the movie didn’t exceed their expectations, as shown in the quote by Emily Yoshida from Vulture, “You don’t appreciate the art of a good genre contrivance until you see one pulled off poorly.”

al genre-bending exercise, technically sleek and accomplished, with some vivid, scary moments, though it’s a little too in love with the stoned logic of its own premise,” writes Owen Gleiberman from Variety, and “An intriguing premise makes ‘A Quiet Place’ an essential horror flick because of its understanding of the genre, and a cast that absorbs you into their terrifying world,” writes Neil Soans from Times of India.

Within A Quiet Place and Bird Box, both main characters have very similar motives. In Bird Box, the main character’s cold exterior front is slowly melted away by her determination to save her children, and in A Quiet Place, the main character is also determined to protect her family and ensure their survival. In addition to this, the theme of extracting a certain sense in order to survive is in both movies. In Bird Box, the characters have to walk around blindfolded so they don’t see their attackers and in A Quiet Place, the characters aren’t allowed to make any noise. Although this may not be the direct reason for both movie’s popularity, it is certainly the most obvious reason considering other movies of this nature have been greatly liked, too. A difference that can be found within both movies is that A Quiet Place got a significantly greater amount of good reviews while Bird Box got several negative ones. Whether it be because critics thought the movies were too similar and A Quiet Place came first or poor execution of the genre, one was obviously more liked than the other. But despite professional opinion, both movies are truly thrillers and are worth the watch.

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