Twitter goes crazy after the revolutionary approach to cinematic storytelling hits the streaming platform.
Following the release of "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" Friday morning, Twitter became a outlet for viewers who were stressed out, confused or just plain upset after indulging in the choose-your-own-adventure premise of the Netflix movie.
The streaming service's first interactive film combines the mind-bending "Black Mirror" science fiction we're used to with those books you read as a kid, leaving viewers with the responsibility of controlling the fate of "Bandersnatch" main character Stefan (played by "Dunkirk's" Fionn Whitehead). The plot is particularly meta, because he's a young programmer trying to create a choose-your-own-adventure video game inspired by the books that were popular in the '80s, which is also the time period the movie takes place in.
The series of choices leaves five possible endings, making the viewing experience last anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes. Netflix described the movie as a "morally compromising adventure," which explains why it's stressing out viewers. While the general decision making seemed to overwhelm people, it was the struggle to help Stefan in the game that really messed viewers up. A few wrong decisions can cost Stefan his life. Gulp.
Reactions ranged from frantic to philosophical.
"This is stressful. I CANT HELP HIM. THIS ENTIRE THING IS WILD," one viewer vented on Twitter. Another wrote, "stefan said that his game is an illusion of free will, so black mirror is doing the same to us. we are under the illusion that we get to choose stefan's multiple fates but in reality black mirror is making us redecide the right choice so we are being controlled too."
Deep, man. See more of the most amusing reactions we could find below.
stefan said that his game is an illusion of free will, so black mirror is doing the same to us. we are under the illusion that we get to choose stefan's multiple fates but in reality black mirror is making us redecide the right choice so we are being controlled too #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/7SqwCAQCUU
when you realize that not only are WE (the viewers) controlling stefan's actions, but the black mirror creators are controlling OUR actions by forcing us to re-decide #BANDERSNATCH pic.twitter.com/BlAjVPqd9o
When you say no to the drug boy Colin spikes your tea anyway showing is that black mirror are actually controlling US and our choices are pointless in the grand scheme #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/cwUDaa8bMx