Noob Reviews: Bright
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Bright?
Released in December 2017, Bright was one of the first-ever Netflix original films to be released.
Bright is a cop film with heavy elements of action, adventure and fantasy that sees a world where fantastical beasts, ancient races and humans all live together. Elves dominate the higher rungs of the social ladder, orcs the very bottom and the humans trapped in the middle with everyone else.
After been severely injured by an orc assailant, Daryl (Will Smith) is returning to work for the first time since his recovery. And holds his partner Nick (Joel Edgerton) responsible for his injuries as he was both not there to assist him when he was shot but also Nick let the assailant get away after chasing after him. With an unsteady partnership between the two. And Daryl’s watch officer not even entertaining the prospect of having Daryl change partners. It is not long before an already rocky situation escalates.
What starts as a simple call out to a noise disturbance leads Nick and Daryl to discover a magical wand, a wand with the abilities to grant its user any wishes they desire. Even the ones beyond their wildest dreams. Profoundly powerful and extraordinary rare to find not in the possession of a Bright (a user who can channel and use magic without it tearing them apart on a molecular level). The wand soon draws the attention of not only corrupt police officers and local gang bangers, but it’s owner Leilah (an Inferni elf in service to the Dark Lord) who will stop at nothing to have it returned to her after it had been stolen.
In addition to the above plot lines between Daryl and Nick, and the revelation of a rogue wand. The two find a lone and terrified elf (and secretly Bright in training) called Tikka (Lucy Fry) who they must protect from Leilah. And Nick is in a constant state of struggle with his own issues as the only orc ever to serve on the police force and finding his blood too blue to be an orc. To green to be accepted as a police officer.
As you might be able to tell, a lot is going on in just a small amount of time, with each storyline twisting and weaving amongst the others.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When did it come out?
Bright was released in December 2017.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Joel Edgerton (Nick Jakoby)
Joe Rogan (As himself)
Noomi Rapace (Leilah)
Will Smith (Daryl Ward)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Bright?
Having seen the Bright trailer when it initially dropped and having seen the film several times since then, I thought Bright to almost be like an orc and human Bad Boys. Unfortunately though what looked interesting in the trailer was mediocre at best and to be honest, tried to cover too much in too short a time. With a weak script. Some quite average acting off of the majority of the cast. And too much reliance on preachy understandings of social hierarchy. It really failed to gain any traction.
When it comes to the story, there is so much going on. Although you will get your head around it quickly and be able to follow the individual stories, they are just dull on their own. There was no umph or get up and go. Many events are predictable. And the trailer shows most of the really decent scenes.
When it comes to the acting, I had zero interest in Nick Jakoby’s character, and I am a massive lover of orcs. He is played weak and submissive the majority of the time and is always looking for guidance. Even a rookie police officer would have some basic procedural knowledge, and he has supposedly been serving on the force for a while. I found his dialogue to be poorly delivered and honestly think as he is in most scenes - the standards should have been a lot higher. Will Smith’s Daryl Ward was equally dull with limited one-liners and witty humour we are used to. He was a guy with a grudge but felt the need to bring that grudge up every other scene. And that is not even mentioning the stiff, awkward and lacklustre attempts from other cast members.
Action scene wise as I mentioned above, there are some nice ones, and there are some scenes I enjoyed, but they were too few and far between. I really wanted to love this film and have tried to do so, watching it several times to try and find the good parts of it. But overall I would say it was a mediocre watch that is a nice switch off and chill sort of film, but in the end, it will leave little to no lasting impression. And will most likely be forgotten entirely in a few days.
What rating would you give Bright?
I would give Bright a rating of 2.8 out of 5 bananas.
Bright is a film that tried to explore the cultural differences between groups and failed miserably. At the same time, it is trying to run various other stories that all seem half baked. What could have been a great concept was wasted and it is a shame to say this, but if another did come out, I would probably skip over it unless there had been considerable improvements to both story and delivery.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Bright and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.