On December 28, the very first black mirror the film will premiere on Netflix. Although the show previously dropped the special white christmas between its second and third seasons, a movie is something new. Called Bandersnatch, it travels down memory lane while continuing to grapple with the technological anxieties the show is famous for. Corn What is the black mirror movie Bandersnatch on?
Bandersnatch follows a young programmer named Stefan, played by Fionn Whitehead. While working for a video game company in 1984, Stefan decided to adapt the fantasy novel Bandersnatch in an adventure game. But the deeper he delves into his task, the more he begins to question his reality. The fictional novel Bandersnatch seems to be one of those epics that have been so popular in the 1980s, although neither the trailer nor the summary of the film reveal exactly what it is. Stefan calls his fictional writer Jerome F. Davis a “genius” in the trailer, though a colleague of his points out that Davis is also known for beheading his wife. Major yuck.
As Stefan researches, surrounded by notes and books on Davis, strange things start to happen. He receives a VHS tape marked “JFD Dec.” which reveals bizarre artwork and a workstation covered in bloody seals. Obviously there is more than Bandersnatch than Stefan realizes at first.
Unfortunately, the trailer keeps plot details obscure. While the typically 80s chorus of “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood plays, it instead offers a series of confusing and disturbing images. Stefan paces, maybe wasting time; his hands are shaking, and later he plunges one directly into a mirror as if it were made of water. The pupil of someone’s eye expands to a terrifying size. Clawed hands wrap around a door. Someone is holding a knife. And words flash between each shot: “Change your mind. Change your life. Change your past, your present, your future.”
The simplest explanation would be that Stefan may be slipping out of reality thanks to the unknown pills his colleague gives him. Corn things are never simple black mirror. There’s definitely something much darker tied to the titular novel and its murderous author. The tagline also hints that there might be time travel as well, which might explain why the trailer briefly (but significantly) focused on a digital clock.
the origin of the term “bandersnatch” might provide a clue to the horrors in store in the film. It comes from the work of Lewis Carroll: in the novel on the other side of the mirror and the poem “The Hunt for the Snark”, a bandersnatch is a fierce creature with a long neck that can move very quickly. Maybe the claws seen in the trailer belong to a bandersnatch?
A monster may have been the inspiration for Davis’ book until he began hunting it – and, subsequently, Stefan. But that’s just a theory. Everything that happens during Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is sure to upend audience expectations even if it scares them or two.
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