Cert: 15 Runtime: 117 mins Director: David Ayer Cast: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez,Lucy Fri, Veronica Ngo and Margaret Cho
This is like a nuclear weapon that grants wishes
The backlash for Bright has been colossal by critics! Netflix biggest budget film to date at $90 million and a sequel in the pipeline too has been out for a few days. In all honesty I thought it was going to be a TV series rather than a movie originally. Along with the film backlash David Ayer has been challenging critics for the harsh reviews, Suicide Squad for me was decent and Bright seemed intriguing. So what is Bright about? In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.
The premise and world gave me high hopes for Bright,it’s a good movie rather than a great one. Its pretty much a mash up of Alien Nation, Training Day and End of Watch. It had all the makings of a great movie to kick start a TV series spin off. It features obvious foreshadowing, typical cardboard villains that are terrifying and effective only when not engaging our heroes who, by in some way or another, are regular folks, like me, and you, and Harry Potter. The effects were OK, the world building was subtle enough to leave a lot of room for exploring.Max Landis failed to explain how it is that the Elves are now the rich and powerful, while the Orcs, who are everywhere, are considered second-rate citizens and regarded with contempt. Where did the Orcs come from? Where did the Elves come from.?How did this whole society come about?
It’s a HUGE hole that leaves one trying to reconcile the anomaly from the very outset of the film. Yes, the plot is somewhat predictable. Yes, there are loose ends. Yes, there are thinly written characters. Bright has its fair share of flaws. But it has far more redeeming qualities. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton work great together. Edgerton is especially fantastic. Personally I feel like my fellow critics have miss fired with their reviews. Bright is not perfect at all, but it was actually intriguing. The pacing and plot holes pissed me off, but I do admire the ambition the film had. For such a big budget film to be released on Netflix does scare me a lot. Bright could have been a good watch on the big screen but here we are. It’s worth a punt if you have a spare 117 minutes during the holidays. It could have been better!