I saw earlier that there is now a debate about mental health from the Netflix movie Bird Box. Isn’t it funny how a movie can spark an intense debate now a days?
I watched the movie last night. It was quite intense, and an interesting story. It reminded me of the movie The Happening. All of a sudden people are acting on suicidal impulses, and in Bird Box it is because of something they see. It’s very vague on what exactly that is though.
The debate comes when the only people who can look at the mysterious entities are those who have been in a mental institution. Those people start going around forcing other people to look. It drives the sane people into doing horrible things to make the vision stop. It’s “crazy!”
Maybe, the story isn’t downplaying mental illness as something that we shouldn’t have. Maybe it is just showing how much more important it is for us to see this disease in others and figure out what we can do to actually help them. It shows that mental health issues are in the brain, in many different spots and affecting people in different ways. It shows how backwards it can make a person feel and act.
In this movie, normal people were seeing horrible things and those with mental illnesses were seeing something beautiful.
It’s also based on a book, which is the same thing as 13 Reasons Why. Maybe we should stop getting in a huff about things Netflix does, and pick up a book or two and really get in to the story! Also, I think bringing up mental illness and making people talk about it is a good thing!