Netflix has put out a ton of great original content. Unfortunately, something bad slips in on occasion. And then there’s this movie.
Bright is set in a world where fantasy creatures like orcs, elves, and fairies exist in our world. Two LA cops, one an orc and one Will Smith, must protect a magic wand before evil forces bring back some evil person from the past. Or something like that. It doesn’t make much sense.
Normally, I’d start by talking about things I like about the movie. But there isn’t a whole lot of that. Some parts get close to being entertaining for brief moments before falling apart. Will Smith is still charismatic and fun to watch even though he hasn’t made a good movie in years and trudges through some truly terrible dialogue here. But my praise for the movie ends with those “compliments”. It isn’t good as all. It starts with the writing. The story is a mess and the world, along with the rules surrounding it, are never properly laid out. I never really knew what was going on or why. The dialogue is ridiculous and unintentionally funny. When it tries to actually be funny it isn’t. The scenes that try to be emotional aren’t at all because we have no reason to care about any of these characters. The movie tries to explore complex themes, like real world racism, but fails on every level trying to achieve that. Really, it has some interesting ideas and an interesting world to explore. It just never comes close to succeeding. It amazes me that the director, David Ayer, is the same guy who wrote and directed End of Watch (and the underrated Fury). How do you go from that to this? This movie is a waste of a decent idea, a waste of Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and a waste of time. Luckily, because it’s on Netflix, it wasn’t a waste of money.
Still, do yourself a favor and skip this one. I’m not making a Top 10 Worst of 2017 list this year because I was lucky enough to avoid many of the bad movies. But i guarantee this would be at the top. Well, maybe behind the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, which I haven’t seen but am assuming is at least as bad as the first one. Speaking of sequels, Netflix has already greenlit one for Bright because….? I have no clue. Hopefully they bring in a new writer that can turn this around because there are some good ideas beneath all the garbage. It took me nearly a week to force myself through this movie, which is never a good sign. Bright gets one of the lowest scores I’ve ever given, a 1.5/5.
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