Movie review: Black Mirror Bandersnatch


Grant Stegman

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has changed the way movies could work in the future, with audience engagement.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is an interactive event from Netflix that is an installment of the popular show Black Mirror. It is an elusive story that lets you decide certain choices that can alter the story and give it a certain ending or result. A lot like its predecessor the show, Bandersnatch details on the advancement of technology, the future, free will, and also mental health.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is focused on the main character Stefan Butler who is a computer programmer trying to create a choose-your-own-adventure game based on a book called Bandersnatch in 1984. All throughout the event, Stefan is working on his game and is trying to become famous like his idol Colin Ritman, who is a famous programmer known for making the popular games at the time. As he continues to work on his game, he begins to question reality and with the choices you choose in the event, multiple events unfold depending on your decision.

The actor Fionn Whitehead who plays the main character Stefan Butler does a great job in the event because he shows much emotion in each part of the story. In each part of the story he shows a lot of enthusiasm about what he’s doing and makes the viewer truly believe what he is feeling. Actors Will Poulter and Craig Parkinson, also do a great job because even as side characters they are very detrimental to the story and are great choices for the characters they have.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was a very interesting event from Netflix but there were some things that confused me with it. It was a very interactive story in which you could make multiple choices to get other endings but it took a long time to get there. It could take a couple of hours to really figure out what’s going as it brings you back to certain choices and events that you’ve previously seen and it feels like it doesn’t end. The overall story and the idea of the event were good but it takes to long to get to certain endings of the story.