ava gardner please go out with me
from my review for the chicago reader:
Bird Box makes its characters-and its audience-believe that neither mental illness nor suicide are worth complex analysis. They are mechanics to scare and entertain audiences and nothing more-making people with mental illness seem inhuman, nothing more than the worst characteristics of their illnesses...When we see mental illness as an objective darkness that can be weaponized, it absolves those who think people with mental illness are evil. This is heightened when characters with mental illness onscreen are the direct cause of harm to those who seemingly don't deserve it.