2018 was a big year for Netflix with the rise of their biggest original productions such as their adaptation of Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before and their darker take on Sabrina The Teenage Witch. They didn't stop there, though. Crossing over to the new year, they've made quite a stir with news of their latest releases. We're talking about the shows and movies you may have had a glimpsed of on your socials this past couple of days. Do Bird Box and Black Mirror's Bandersnatch ring a bell?
Unfortunately, we don't all have the luxury of time to jump into a series or a movie to see if it really is worth the hype or just meme-able. So we've taken one for the team. Here's what we think of the new Netflix Originals.
With Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson headlining the movie, it's no surprise why it was much anticipated. Following a similar format like Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, Bird Box is a thriller that relies not on CGI but the characters being sensory handicapped to keep the audience at the edge of their seats. Overall, it is a very exciting film to watch that will leave you gasping at some moments. It ends anticlimactically and will leave you wanting more — not necessarily in a good way — soon after the credits start rolling.
Duration: 2 hours and 4 minutes
Verdict: It's not the first movie to have a compelling body that ends on a so-so mood. But while it may not exactly be mindblowing, it's still worth spending two hours of your time on a weekend.
Another Netflix thriller, but this time in the form of a series, You stars Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley and Once Upon A Time's Elizabeth Lail. Following the bestselling novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, the story revolves around Badgley's character Joe Goldberg, who falls in love with Lail's character, aspiring writer Guinevere Beck. Unlike your typical boy-meets-girl plot, their entire relationship is mixed with manipulation, mania and a lot of stalking. Oh, and did we mention that Shay Mitchell is also in this series?
Duration: 40 to 49 minutes per episode; 10 episodes for Season 1
Verdict: If you loved Gossip Girl then you'll definitely enjoy this one. It has the same air of (sometimes) questionable drama but with an elevated level of real-life horrors because it shows the danger of putting every aspect of your life on social media. It's also been commisioned for a second season even before it aired so that definitely gives you a reason to binge it, right?