Bright (2017)

Where do I begin:

Bright, a Netflix original movie, was released on December 22, 2017. The movie follows two LAPD officers, Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) as they do their daily duties on the streets.

Officer Ward is coming back to work after a shotgun incident that occurred when his partner, Jakoby, has his back turned. For clarification, Jakoby is the only Orkish cop on the LAPD and Orks really aren’t liked in this urban fantasy action crime film. I’ll lay it out like this:

This movie is a display of modern day racism but through the eyes of fairytale creatures.

Now, to the review.

In watching this movie, I felt as though I still had too many questions which should have been explained. The ending is not set up to bring about a sequel so I feel as though I shouldn’t be confused after viewing. Like, there’s a magic wand and apparently it does whatever the holder desires but only a “bright” can touch it without dying. It grants wishes, kills people, and even brings the “Dark Lord” back from the dead???? I think! You see my confusion, right?

There is a scene where Jakoby tells Ward that he helps an Ork escape who was believed to have shot Ward because it wasn’t the same Ork. When Ward asked how he knew, he said that the Ork didn’t smell the same as the one who shot him. Here’s the problem; Ward was shot around a street full of people and Jakoby had his back to him. When the chase begins, with so many smells around, how does he know which smell to zero in on? Do Orks smell different from humans? Why are elves above humans? Why are Orks beneath them? What was the purpose of Ward saying “fairy lives don’t matter today” in the beginning of the movie after killing one with a broom? See, too many questions!

The action was was decent in the movie as Will Smith evokes his previous character, Deadshot, from Suicide Squad when it came to shooting. The editing was pretty good since there wasn’t a lot of hand-to-hand combat. All in all, the movie held my attention enough to watch it twice.

I think that the review of this movie is based on how it made me feel and truth is, I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t root for the “heroes” or the “bad guys”. I wasn’t in shock or awe as the movie played. I didn’t even feel emotional when Jakoby was shot. I didn’t feel anything and movies that bring no emotion are movies that shouldn’t be made.

Rating: 2/5 ⭐️⭐️


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