This merging of a fantasy and cop realm didn’t really pan out too well. Many flaws can be extracted from just the plot alone. Will Smith however makes up for most of it with his use of hilarious vulgar language.
Bright (2017) is directed by David Ayer and distributed by Netflix.
It stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as the main cast, as well as Naomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Edgar Ramirez as supporting roles.
Set in an alternate dimension with humans, orcs, elves, and fairies, these beings have coexisted and lived among one another since the beginning of time.
Two police officers, one human and the other an orc, journey and work together on a routine night patrol that will drastically change both their lives.
These men must struggle with their own personal differences along with an army of enemies.
They soon also discover a young female elf in possession of an ancient relic, with the power to cause major catastrophe if put in the wrong hands.
Mildly Decent Plot & Direction
Admittedly, I had a good time with the overall plot and story.
It wasn’t perfect since it took a lot of time to form the full structure and purpose of the narrative by the ending.
At the beginning, however, the world that Ayer introduced me to caught some of my attention. Not all of it, some.
It pretty much tried to portray itself like Lord Of The Rings, but failed miserably.
There was plenty of dragging with the exposition throughout the acts that, to be quite honest, didn’t need to happen.
I would say if the runtime was cut at least by 20 or 30 minutes, and finished the main story line with more quickness and expediency, then it would’ve turned out a little more tolerable.
Ayer’s direction of the plot as a whole was kind of poorly developed.
It wasn’t completely atrocious to the point where it became laughable, but a lot of the scenes didn’t genuinely do much to add considerable substance to what the characters were doing.
For example, it’s very obvious during the beginning act that various racial and political undertones tried to be fit in.
Will Smith saying, “Fairy lives don’t matter today,” probably isn’t a good way to start off sending a politically-intended message.
There was also a poorly plugged Alamo reference, if I remember correctly.
To make it even worse, the production team also had the audacious guts to try out mentioning Shrek in a confrontational situation that wouldn’t really have much of an effect to the story.
I did appreciate the good laugh I got from it though.
We all noticed this.
There were so many curse and swear words used by Will Smith, it tried to pass off as if it was being directed by Quentin Tarantino.
News flash, it’s not, and the writers only made the script look like it was plagiarizing off of his style.
I’ll give it a pass though since Smith did really well with making me laugh several times.
If it wasn’t him repeatedly saying the F word, then it probably would’ve ended up getting a much lower score.
Entertaining Fight Choreography & Visuals
The fight scenes between the elves and the main characters appeared strikingly aesthetic.
I’ll commend the stunt doubles if there were any involved.
They honestly did a great job performing back-flips and kicks when they were utilized. I was also surprised to find out that practical effects were implemented.
I thought most of the imagery and visuals were going to be thrown in as ugly CGI at first.
They actually turned out to look decently well-developed.
To elaborate, there was one scene at around one-thirds of the story where the main characters, Ward and Jakoby, come across a local ghetto building and discover a girl there in a very graphically bloody state.
My eyes literally opened wide in awe at how the surrounding imagery was effectively portrayed in such a visually impressive fashion.
Dull Performances (With One Saving Grace)
That saving grace, expectedly, happens to be Will Smith.
Most of everyone’s performances didn’t genuinely appeal to me in a meaningful sense.
They had a kind of inauthentic and expressionless feel to them.
Joel Edgerton portrayed the orc with insufficient character development. Not much, in my opinion, was done to establish his character beyond the main basic assumptions.
Yea, sure, he’s an orc not really accepted by both groups of species that constantly conflict with one another: humans and orcs.
Anything else than that?
Wait, he’s also part of a prophecy that wasn’t even that interesting and didn’t develop itself enough?
Now I can slightly see why the critics hammered this film.
Everyone else, in my honest estimation, proved to be extra dull additions to the plot with no meaningful development to their overall actions and behaviors.
The only thing that managed to lift the performances out of the pit of dreariness was Smith’s effective use of dark comedy.
It was comically amusing to see him get in Edgerton’s face and mouth off insults to try to provoke him.
Other times he would be compellingly sarcastic when coming up with witty jokes in a derisive manner.
To be clear, it was Smith, and Smith alone, that made the whole movie watchable for me.
Bright is a decent action fantasy film to splurge on when you’re feeling tired on a Saturday night.
It’s not the best Sci-Fi movie to capture your attention in any powerfully thrilling manner, but it will be worthwhile when you see Will Smith grab a broom and go ham on a grotesque-looking fairy.
I actually really liked that part.
I was laughing my ass off when that happened, especially with the gang members egging him on to beat it up “LAPD style”.
On a different side note, the concept of Bright had some good potential.
It could’ve been a film that actually provided thought-provoking questions, and awesome visuals, rather than the tedious drag and mundane plot we unfortunately got.
Let’s just hope they don’t make a sequel to this called Dark.
FP Score – Ordinary