What do you get when you put trolls and fairies into a harsh “cops and robbers” thriller? A very mediocre and average film by the looks of it when David Ayer’s directing it. You’d think with a very unique and original story that something may come out of this, but you would be wrong.
From the director of Suicide Squad, Bright is set in a world where fantasy characters live side-by-side with humans. Daryl Ward (Will Smith) is forced to work with Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), the first orc to become a police officer. Unknowingly to them, whilst out on the job, they come across a lone elf, Tikka (Lucy Fry) who is in the possession of a magic wand, a rare item which is prohibited from being used by anyone due to its powers. However, the original owner of the wand, Leilah (Noomi Rapace) is out to get it back and will do whatever means necessary to regain possession of such a rare item.
The initial thought of putting magical race in with the human race sounds amazing, something original for audiences to get excited about. Se7en meets Lord of the Rings with references to controversial issues in the modern day. Lots of action and explosions with magic thrown into the mix. But, as much as you wanted it to work, it was poorly executed by the writer, Max Landis and director, David Ayer. First look, it seems edgy and dark with a hint of class with Will Smith being the lead. However, all you get is confusion, poor characters and stale performances. It’s so disappointing to see when you’re excited by the build-up to its release date.
There is no explanation of how or why the fairies, elves and orcs are apart of the world they live in. It’s like the writer’s and director’s thought it would be self-explanatory and said: “let’s just shove magic into the real world, the world will love it”. I’m surprised Netflix went along with this and put the money into this underdeveloped film. No character within the film had any substance. Will Smith seems lost and confused by his role in the film. As much as it is Will Smith, he cannot even save this from being crucified. Also, it’s like they were trying too hard with all the political references to our world. A lot of it seemed forced and completely unnecessary. If you set up a whole new world, keep it as a whole new planet, stick to your original outlook.
If I had to say something good about the film, it would have to be the soundtrack. When I come to think of it, they probably spent more time on making the soundtrack better than the film. With the likes of Rag’n’Bone Man collaborating with Logic and Bastille creating one of their classic upbeat, darkened hits, it binds well to what is an average film at best. After watching the film, I listened to more of the soundtrack than trying to even remember what the film is about.
To top this all off, Netflix has said they are going to release a sequel. You would think with all of the bad reviews, including mine that they would think this is not the best idea. But, Netflix, if you wish to continue this story on, please take on all of our notes and improve upon them, please. Thank you.