Clever, surprising, and a crash course in the concept of "free will," this movie forces its viewers to impact the story, just as it forces its central player to go along with those demands. Strikingly well done, especially for a first foray into complex audience involvement, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch sets a high bar for similarly styled films that will inevitably follow. It's intriguingly set in the early stages of video game development, so that Stefan's machinations feel just primitive enough to clash with new technology and heighten the action, as well as his emotional journey.
And, as experimental as it must have been for director David Slade to make this film, it's just as experimental for viewers. Happily, going back and forth between first choices and second ones, guided by the filmmakers when "least best" choices are made, can deliver lots of nuance, along with its a host of divergent paths. Still, the movie's plot, characters, and thematic messages remain the same, no matter how meandering the journey. All in all, this is a first-rate addition to the Black Mirror franchise.