HOLR Is Breaking Down The First Reviews Of ‘Bird Box Barcelona’

Here’s what people are saying about the new Netflix follow-up to the hit thriller, ‘Bird Box’

A poster for 'Bird Box Barcelona'. It pictures three of the main characters blindfolded in-front of a black background shadowed.

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Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ was a smash hit from its first day streaming in 2018. Now they’re building off of its success with a Spanish sequel titled ‘Bird Box Barcelona’. The first film, ‘Bird Box’, follows a woman’s struggle to protect her two children from a mysterious beings that they cannot look at or they’ll die. Naturally, ‘Bird Box Barcelona’ follows a similar story to the first, but this time with a new family in Barcelona. Take a look at the official trailer!

Though it’s only been one day, the audiences response to ‘Bird Box Barcelona’ is not as welcoming as that of the original ‘Bird Box’. The film has received a 42% critics score and a 46% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rohan Naahar from The Indian Express called it a subpar and sloppy spinoff. Johnny Oleksinski from The New York Post said it is “a tiresome Netflix follow-up”.

Some reviewers are comparing it to the new HBO original ‘The Last of Us’ saying that, like ‘The Last of Us’, ‘Bird Box Barcelona’ “focuses heavily on the emotions of a dad figure straining to be responsible and capable under extraordinary circumstances that repeatedly threaten a young charge”.  But their difference is that ‘Bird Box Barcelona’ brings nothing fresh to this familiar dynamic, but only focuses on the same trope, characters flee the creatures, are exposed to them anyway and, as a result, experience grotesque conflict.

Well, according to these reviews, we’ve seen this story before and we’ve seen it done much better. I think it’s safe to say you can skip this one.

Published by HOLR Magazine