Netflix’s interactive film dark and thought-provoking


Mackenzie Sullivan

First time watcher and player of the movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, 2018 alumnae Jessica Vanderlinden is faced with the first decision of the film; what cereal the main character Stefan should have for breakfast.

Keyana Burries, Section Editor


Wake up. Take meds. Eat breakfast. These are the seemingly insignificant actions of the controlled protagonist, Stefan. Within seconds of starting the movie, players are faced with a tough first decision: Sugar Puffs or Frosties.     

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a dark and thought-provoking film set in the year 1984. The story follows a video game programmer, Stefan, played by Fionn Whitehead, as he adapts a dark and twisted novel into a brand-new video game while simultaneously starting to question his reality.      

Bandersnatch is an impressive installment as the first interactive film Netflix has released for teens and adults. The best part of the film is the fourth wall breaks and conspiracy theories hidden within. Bandersnatch makes players think and question everything, which is what makes it so captivating and interesting.    

Players are forced to look at things in different ways and through different eyes. Depending on what choices watchers make, the ending and the success of each person’s game differs.    

Bandersnatch does have one minor problem. Because the viewer can choose their own adventure, it affects the quality of the characters. Since there are different routes players can go, characters often lack personality and
character development or an arc.    

While normal movies and shows have the benefit of one path, one character arc, Bandersnatch does not. Due to the five different paths players can choose from, it can be a bit hard to get a feel for the characters’ pasts when they change with each option.           

Bandersnatch is the perfect movie for people who love something that makes them think outside of the box or enjoyed the series Black Mirror.