Bright is a Netflix-Original movie directed and produced by David Ayer, and written by Max Landis. It (primarily) stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, and Noomi Rapace.
Bright takes place in an alternate version of the planet Earth where Humans, Elves, and Orcs all exist together, but are separated from each other by how they live. Elves are upper-class, humans are middle-class, and orcs are lower-class.
The main plot in Bright is that two police officers named Daryl Ward, and Nick Jakoby end up getting involved with a plot by a group evil Elves who want to bring back the “Dark Lord” because a female who betrayed has a powerful wand that the evil Elves want to use in order to achieve their goal.
When this movie first got released on Netflix, it was met with a lot of negative reviews from critics. Because of this, I’ll admit that I was somewhat hesitant to give this movie a watch, but after seeing it, I am honestly surprised at how good it actually turned out to be in my opinion.
Now I want to quickly clarify that in no way am I saying that this is an amazing and/or spectacular movie in this review. All I’m saying is that in my own opinion, I found this movie to be enjoyable. Also, this review is NOT meant to be a personal attack on the critics who gave this film negative reviews.
The biggest aspect in Bright that I really liked was the unique and fascinating premise which involved combining fantasy with the real world. And in my opinion, it was executed very well.
Bright doesn’t use too much CGI as a majority of the special effects are made using practical makeup, and they actually look amazing enough to help the Elves and Orcs look real enough to actually exist in the real world.
The acting in this film is pretty solid with Will Smith in particular delivering a fun and entertaining performance that fits his character for all the right reasons.
The two biggest nitpicks that I have with Bright are that (in my opinion) the story was nothing too very special at all. It wasn’t bad, but I only wish that it was something much better because of its premise. The second nitpick of mine with this film is that I felt that the F-word was said way too much in an attempt to prove that this movie is rated-R. I honestly don’t have an issue with foul language just as long as it fits, but this movie I felt used the F-word more than it had to.
So while I can understand why Bright isn’t for everybody, I still found the movie entertaining for what it was, and I am glad that I saw it.
Overall, Bright gets a 4/5 stars, and a two thumbs up by me.