Bright – Review

User Rating: 4
Bright Review Movie Netflix Flixxpanda
Genre Fantasy, Crime
Directed by David Ayer
Starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz
Released on December 13, 2017(Regency Village Theater), December 22, 2017
Duration 118 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 4/10
Channel Netflix

I love Will Smith. I really do, he’s a fantastic actor and a really cool person, but Bright is a terrible movie. It feels like they tried to mesh Lord of the Rings and real life.  It’s just a series of bad ideas, that someone thought was a good idea to make into a movie. Further, attempting to add in commentary and make it a social statement about racism, that’s low.

It’s just overly delving into fantasy. The idea of elves and orcs living among us, straight out of Lord of the Rings sounds like something someone would come with under the influence of drugs.

Here’s what happens, Daryl Ward (Will Smith), a human LAPD officer is forcefully paired with Nick Jacoby (Joel Edgerton). Nick is the nation’s first orcish police officer and is universally hated. Fellow police officers hate him because he’s not human and fellow orcs detest him for becoming a policeman in the first place. The orcs are socially oppressed and feel betrayed.

Ward can’t stand Jacoby and voila! The obvious happens. They eventually bond and develop some sort of male to male (interspecies?) dynamic that I’m not even going to pretend to understand. It’s just so awfully predictable.

There was clearly a lot of creative freedom granted to the film makers here who just went to town with it. They used the budget to create whatever they dreamed up, however ridiculous it may be. Maybe the film, would have been better if they’d not just half-assed the plot and the idea. Like, for example Lord of the Rings actually built a crazy idea and formed an entire world and thus franchise around it, similarly Harry Potter. You can’t just come up with a crazy idea and fit it into a two-hour film. Bright feels flimsy and incomplete. With horribly dialogue and cringe-worthy sets and tasteless acting, it’s gone wrong in every direction it possibly could.

Bright was promoted tons all over social media and released on Netflix on December 22nd, 2017. It became one of the platform’s most streamed movies ever, coincidentally with some of the most negative reviews and can you really blame the critics? The money used to advertise the film should have been spent making it.

Bottom line is, don’t watch the movie. Keep your image of Will Smith as a successful actor intact and click on something else.

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