Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Film Review (2018)

So I just finished watching/playing Black Mirror: Bandersnatch…

Bandersnatch tells the story of a young computer programmer named Stefan, who gets an invite to pitch a video game based on his favourite novel, a choose your own adventure book called Bandersnatch, from Tuckersoft games. After meeting the president, and the head programmer who is his idol, Stefan’s story can branch off on a number of different paths all based on your decisions.

Neat use of the film medium. I had lots of fun messing around with this. It’s not the best Black Mirror episode though.

Decent script(s), good characters and performances, interesting discussion of themes, nice cinematography, neat editing, etc.

I was legit interested in some of the arcs and pathways. The discussion about free will was excellently conveyed through the use of a choose your own adventure style of storytelling.

However, I did feel that it was a tad gimmicky. Some of the endings were rather superfluous, and the whole time I felt like I was being pointed in a specific direction, which defeated the whole purpose of the idea.

Overall, it’s a cool idea done pretty damn well. They point you on the right path a little too much, but it makes its point clearly and interestingly. Worth a playthrough.

8 out of 10.

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