(6.5/10) – My Rating
Bright: This Netflix original tried to be a few different things. It mixed together a crime drama about social issues with fantasy. Director David Ayer (Suicide Squad) helps create a fascinating gritty world full of tension, corruption, and of course magic. Social and class issues are also represented through three different races in the film: Humans, Orcs, and Elves. All of which have their heroes and bad apples.
The story follows two LAPD officers who come in contact with a Bright (a magic user). Will Smith plays the veteran officer. His character is typically close minded and hard to get along with, but is given a redemptive story arch. The rookie officer is an Orc played by Joel Edgerton who easily gives the best performance in the film.
Unfortunately, poor writing, even worse editing, and a truly awful villain keep what could have been a great movie from being anything more than just decent. That being said, the action scenes and makeup jobs are fantastic. “Bright” certainly isn’t anything award worthy, but I’d still be interested to see where a sequel would take the story.
Watch the trailer for Bright!