Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

A unique entry in Netflix's Black Mirror series that allows the viewer to make decisions for the protagonist. Follows a young programmer in the '80s who, while working on a choose-your-own-adventure video game, begins to question his own sense of free will. Stars Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) and Will Poulter (Midsommar).

201890 minsUK, USA
MysteryScience FictionThriller
Director:
David Slade ('Hard Candy', '30 Days of Night')
Writer:
Charlie Brooker
Cast:
Fionn WhiteheadCraig ParkinsonAlice LoweWill Poulter

Streaming (1 Providers)

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch / Reviews

Variety

Variety

"Bandersnatch," as creative work and not as experiment, falls so short of the standard "Black Mirror" has set that to put it forward is to risk the credibility the series’s first four seasons have earned. ... Too little thought, ultimately, was given to how this plays as television.

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CNN

CNN

The bottom line is that despite the promise of becoming a participant in the storytelling process -- and the allure of wedding games and narrative fiction -- a well-told tale, watched passively, still trumps a so-so one that fosters the game-like illusion of putting the viewer in the driver's seat.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It’s admirably executed, tightly organized, well-thought-through and a lot of fun, if not particularly frightening or profound. The interactive mechanics are splendidly handled and designed; it runs seamlessly, whatever path you take.

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Vulture

Vulture

There is a lot to appreciate within the many iterations of Bandersnatch, which is not just a mystery box show, but a mystery box show about mystery box shows that’s trying to play three-dimensional chess with its audience.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

If Brooker had taken a more literal approach to the idea of doing an interactive narrative, it might have proven dull. Instead, he took this as an opportunity to tell a story about how difficult telling stories like these are, really leaning into the meta opportunities provided by that approach while also indulging in some undergrad-level philosophical musings about the nature of free will.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Whatever assemblage of parts make up an individual viewer’s experience of Bandersnatch, it represents the best and worst of Black Mirror.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The question though is “Is it any good as a film?” I’m torn between choosing “YES” or “NO.” Is there a third option?

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