Movie Review: Bright (2017)

A Netflix original movie released in 2017, Bright is a fantasy/action/supernatural film starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Set in a modern day world where elves, centaurs and orcs are commonplace. Smith plays Daryl Ward, an LAPD officer who is partnered with an orc officer, Nick Jakoby (Edgerton). The two must battle racial tensions as they seek to stop a group of villainous elves, led by the powerful Leilah (Noomi Rapace) from claiming the powerful artifact known only as The Wand.

+ I’m a big fan of Edgerton, and his turn as the Orc officer Jakoby was no exception. Subversive of the majority of other orcs in media (and indeed, even in this movie),
+ there is lots of good action, and appropriate amounts of blood and gore when required, but it was never overdone
+ I loved the rap-heavy soundtrack, and it has been the top played on my Spotify for a long time now
+ as heavy handed as it was, I liked that “racial tension” was between literal different races, not just inter-human skin colour conflict. Some may find it beats you over the head a bit too hard, but I thought it was interesting, and I don’t usually care much for that sort of stuff

Officers Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), the first human/orc team in the LAPD.

– Will Smith seems to play the exact same role in every movie: he’s a loving father and family man, usually with a young daughter, who is obviously well off but still bursts into some street slang now and then. He talks fast, seems to yell a lot and then does that weird cockeyed stare. He annoyed me in this
– I didn’t really care for the police drama, but I wanted to know more about the world, and how the fantasy races fit into it. A battle with an unnamed Dark Lord is referenced throughout, as a reason for Orcs being persecuted, and I want to know more about that part of the story

> Noomi Rapace is my new dream cast as Android 18 in any Dragon Ball Z adaption. What a cutie patootie

Should you see this film: This was entirely undeserving of the vitriol it has received, but at the same time I didn’t care much for this movie. It was competently made, sure, and it has an incredibly interesting premise, but it is this unseen backstory which I found most interesting. A prequel may well be one of my favourite movies, but this movie certainly was not. Give this a miss.


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