Bright (2017)

Welcome to the world where mystical creatures live and work together side by side. In this world, there are many mystical creatures among us such as Orcs, Elves and Faires. In this story, a human police officer, Daryl (Will Smith), is forced to partner up with Nick, an Orc (played Joel Edgerton). Nick is the 1st Orc to wear the badge of the law. As Daryl and Nick spend one evening together on the job, they soon discover a new weapon and a person of interest that everyone is prepared to kill for. Can they work together and survive the long night?

Couple of things I loved about this film from the get-go. Firstly, I found it rather exciting to see Netflix exclusively release this film straight to our flat screens. Secondly, the film actually has some big names for lead actors and is also supported by a well-known director (David Ayer who recently delivered Suicide Squad). The concept and plot alone also shows huge promise and excitement for what the future could be for home entertainment.

Bright does having many positive points but also some disappointments for me personally. As a film, I was truly impressed by the film’s idea (story concept) and its characters. Actor Joel Edgerton as an Orc is truly unrecognizable. While his character is a little weak, his work in the makeup department and acting is awesome. There were only a couple of lines of dialogue that actually reminded me that I was watching Joel Edgerton under a mask. Will Smith, as expected, is the same old Will Smith. In fact, it’s not the 1st time Will Smith has worn a police uniform, quoting panic dialogue when under pressure. While the plot and our two lead characters show so many promises, it’s also one of the film’s biggest weakness.

The relationships between our two leads characters is a rocky one. It’s a partner relationship that has very little trust and contains constant debates and arguments. The film script between the two also overuses foul language to the point where it became just too much to hear. As mentioned, the film’s story and concept is a great idea, but on screen it’s a mess. The film doesn’t really explain or provide any depth to the world that the audience would be keen to know more about. How did the world become this way? How did the world react to an Orc becoming a police officer, why are Faires so bad and why must they must be killed on the spot? Instead, we watch our characters go from A to B, B to C as they run and hide or run and fight. Films like Training Day and End Of Watch also comes to mind, as this film provides a very similar pace and structure, just different characters (Orcas, Fairies etc). For movie fans who love a fantasy story without wanting to know more, they will simply enjoy the ride that Bright is. For me, this film comes across as a little too slow with the plot that keeps feeling like it’s made up as the film goes along. Certain elements to the film occur with very little information or reason behind it and you can simply accept it or dislike it. Our Villains here are also somewhat laughable and they really enjoy doing backflips for no reason other than…well I guess because they can.

Bright is a film that had so much potential, but for me personally it never quite delivered a film that could have been amazing. With such a great concept in story and characters, instead, the film goes down the path of being similar to other films we have seen before such as Training Day or End Of Watch. The relationship between our leads is painful to watch, considering the film goes for almost 2 hours…the development between our heroes never really grows into anything different or better off from where the film first started. It’s exciting to see Netflix delivering new content with actors and directors that we would normally expect to see in our local cinema. Hopefully this is beginning of more to come with some improvements ahead.

4.7/10

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Based on a true story and actual events, Bombshell tells the story of a group of women who work at Fox News. Hard-working news presenter Gretchen (Nicole Kidman) is sick and tired of being harassed on air by her fellow news presenters. To top it off, she was wronged...

Trick (2019)

A group of school students celebrate Halloween by getting drunk and playing games. But during the night one teenager named Trick Weaver attends the party wearing a pumpkin mask and decides to never take it off during the night. But at this party, something triggers in...

Dolittle (2020)

Dr John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) is a physician who has learnt to speak to animals. After his wife passes away, the good Doctor decides to go into hiding from the world, keeping his hurt and suffering to himself. Suddenly he hears that Queen Victoria is extremely...

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019)

Based on a true story. Set in the 90s, Mr Rogers aka Fred Rogers (played by Tom Hanks) is the host of his own TV show titled "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Through his show, Fred Rogers had desires to share positive messages, particularly with young children. Some of...

Dune (1984)

Based on the well-known novel by Frank Herbert. Before I begin, it should be known that this is my first time watching Dune thanks to the recent Blu-ray re-release by Lionsgate. I'll also confess that going into this film I wasn't familiar with the novel or any...

Little Woman (2019)

Based on the well-known novel, Little Women focuses on four sisters who share many challenges and hard times together. While the film tells many stories about all of its characters, the lead in this film is one of the sisters named Jo March (Saoirse Ronan). Jo is a...

Georgy Girl (1966)

A lively woman named Georgy (Lynn Redgrave) is dealing with many challenges in her personal life during the 60s in London. Georgy lives with her female roommate who excludes Georgy from joining her on any outings. This leaves Georgy sometimes feeling jealous of her...

Top Secret! (1984)

Rock and roll singer, Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) accepts an invitation to travel to Germany and perform live in concert.  While visiting Germany he soon falls for a beautiful girl, and Nick finds himself involved with the resistance who are attempting to...

Judge Dredd (1995)

Set in the near future, Police are no longer required. The future has changed.  Not only do we have flying cars and a world of sci-fi, but the law enforcers are now known as street Judges. Judges have the power to trial criminals on-site and carry out a sentence...

Color Out of Space (2019)

Based on a short story written by the famous H.P. Lovecraft. Color Out of Space follows the Gardner family. The family live on an isolated farm living a quiet life since leaving the noisy city lifestyle. Soon a large meteorite lands right in front of their home. At...

Come To Daddy (2019)

Norval (Elijah Wood) receives a strange and mysterious handwritten letter from his father. The reason why it's odd is because Norval hadn't heard from his father since he disappeared 30 years ago when Norval was just five years old. Norval accepts the invitation and...

Underwater (2020)

A group of researchers work for a drilling company underwater in the deep blue sea. But after an unexpected earthquake erupts in water, tragic begins for the crew. The underwater facility is heavily damaged what is left of it is falling apart to the bottom of the sea....

Extraction (2020)

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) lives in Australia as mercenary. He spends his days drinking and jumping off cliffs. Based on Tyler’s daily lifestyle, it’s evident that he has a dark past which haunts him every moment of his life. Soon the mercenary is offered a...

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Welcome to the official third instalment to Jumanji. Once again, this film follows young Spencer (Alex Wolff), but this time Spencer is struggling with a few personal issues including a recent break up with his girlfriend. Spencer also lives long distance from all his...

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Based on the well-known videogame character, thanks to Sega. Sonic lives a peaceful life within his homeworld until the hero himself becomes in danger. The only way to be kept safe and stay alive is to use one of his magical rings which allows him to a new dimension....

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

In case you’ve never heard of him; David Stratton is a very well-known film critic in Australia. Best known for his tv series “The Movie Show” which also featured another respectful film critic, Margret Pomeranz. A Cinematic Life is generally about the man himself,...

We Die Young (2019)

Our film follows multiple characters who become connected. Starting with a war veteran named Daniel (Jean Claude Van Damme). Daniel is new to the neighbourhood and requires drugs which helps him deal with his wounds from fighting wars in the past. He is also unable to...

Vivarium (2019)

A young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) are struggling to find the perfect home. Gemma is a teacher and Tom does maintenance repairs and garden work at the same school Gemma works at. After work, the two decide to visit a new real estate agent...

The Hunt (2020)

A group of strangers wake up alone in the woods with gags over their mouths. Soon they all manage to find each other, along with a large wooden box in the centre of an open grass field. Inside the crate are knives, blades and guns- lots of guns. The group are now...

Bloodshot (2020)

Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is a soldier who returns home to his loving wife. Life seems too good to be true, and it’s only enjoyed for a short duration. Ray’s wife is captured, murdered and Ray himself is killed. But! After this tragedy, Ray wakes up in a lab with a...

Coffee & Kareem (2020)

After failing to bring in a prisoner to justice, officer Coffee (Ed Helms) isn’t having much luck. His fellow police officers pick on him daily which he’s getting sick of but thankfully the one thing that is going well in Coffee’s life is his relationship with a woman...

Astronaut (2019)

Angus (Richard Dreyfuss) is an old man who lives with his daughter’s family and is a widower. Angus has had a lifelong dream of one day becoming an astronaut and going into space. But unfortunately for Angus, this never happened in his life. However, Angus soon...