Bandersnatch Review: A Tedious DIY Film for a Generation That Hates Making Choices

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Bandersnatch Review: A Tedious DIY Film for a Generation That Hates Making Choices

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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et me first settle this: I’m a huge fan of Charlie Brooker, the brain behind Black Mirror. To me, he was first the satirist whose acerbity was as infamously toxic as it was implausibly funny. Well before Black Mirror, his TV column “Screen Burn” is a thing of legend. Calling David Cameron, then the British PM “a computerised toe,” or describing criticism of new technology as “nothing more than a little foetus of nostalgia jerking in your gut,” Brooker tore through the envelope, let alone push it. He foresaw piggate, back when the show was just this oddball anthology that came and disappeared from British TV. So the first thought that came to my mind when I heard that the title of the Black Mirror film was Bandersnatch was that it was so much better than Benedict Cumberbatch. The second though was a sense, among other things:

            Excitement                    Super-excitement

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