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, King Richard takes a look back in time to witness the journey of two tennis superstars.  Following the life and upbringing of Venus and Serena Williams, we witness where it all began.  The film’s lead, Richard Williams (played by Will...

Midnight In The Switchgrass (2021)

Based on a true story, Midnight in the Switchgrass follows two Texan FBI agents, Karl (Bruce Willis) and his current partner Rebecca (Megan Fox).  The two agents are currently investigating a case relating to sex trafficking, and they are hoping to close the case...

Claw (2021)

Two friends, Julia (Chynna Walker) and Kyle (Richard Rennie) are on a road trip to get Julia to an important show she's featuring in (stand-up comedy).  Kyle is along for the ride to help drive and provide general support where possible.  But while driving,...

For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

Set on Halloween, the film introduces a hard-working nurse named Romina (Lora Burke).  After finishing a long shift, Romina goes straight home, but when she walks through her front door, she soon finds she’s not alone.  A stranger is hiding out in her house,...

Red Rocket (2021)

Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) travels by bus back to his hometown in Texas City with only $22 in his wallet.  Freshly arrived in town, he knocks on the door to his wife's house, Lexi (Bree Elrod), who lives with her mother.  Covered in bruises and scars resulting...

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) lives with her older brother Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and her mother Callie (Carrie Coon). Daily, the family struggle to make ends meet and are even evicted from their current home. Soon the family receives word that Phoebe's grandfather has...

Apex (2021)

Set in the future, Thomas Malone (Bruce Willis) is currently in prison, serving a life sentence for a crime he was not involved in. Thomas is an ex-police officer and has a past resumé which makes him a human deadly weapon.  Invited to be the prey in a dangerous,...

The King’s Man (2021)

You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across a rather twisted and regal version of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure when you first read the plot outline of "The Kings Man." A collection of history's very worst criminals and tyrants are plotting to wipe out...

The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Continuing on from The Matrix Revolutions (2003), we meet Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a well-known software developer. Known for developing many creative video games, Thomas feels lost and almost robotic as he completes his daily routines.  He begins to see...

Licorice Pizza (2021)

Set in San Fernando, 1973, Licorice Pizza follows the life of two young people- Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman), a celebrity superstar and Alana Kane (Alana Haim).  Gary is convinced that Alana is the love of his life, but there is just one problem.  His new...

Sing 2 (2021)

Following the original Sing (2016), Buster Moon (Voiced again by Matthew McConaughey) and his ragtag theatre troops are faced with a new and exciting challenge.   The challenge is unlike anything they've done before, to pursue a reclusive rock star named...

West Side Story (2021)

Based on the well-known Broadway musical (1957), West Side Story (2021) explores various themes and stories, including a dangerous rivalry between two street gangs of different ethnicity.  One gang calls themselves the Jets and the other the Sharks.  On the...

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Continuing from where we left Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his close friends in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), the entire world now knows the secret identity of Spider-Man.  Peter now spends his days dealing with the public, not to mention constant...

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Set in the year 1998, Umbrella Corporation has kept Raccoon City alive. However, things worsen for the high-tech pharmaceutical company when suspicion grows within the community.  Strange mishaps occur, including unusual deaths, and several dead bodies randomly...

Henchmen (2018)

Set in the near future, the film follows a young man named Lester (Thomas Middleditch), who has a heart and passion for becoming the ultimate henchman. But becoming a skilled henchman takes hard work and regular attendance at "Union of Evil", the school of...

Rose Plays Julie (2019)

Rose (Ann Skelly) thinks about her mother all the time. She wonders what kind of life she is living and what her mother is doing. She also thinks about what it would look like if the two were ever to meet face to face.  What kind of conversations would they have,...

Dune (2021)

Based on the well-known science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert, Dune follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the son of a noble and well-respected family. Paul begins to have unexplained visions and dreams, which could be visions of moments from his future....

The Card Counter (2021)

Beginning with narration from William Tell (Oscar Isaac), we find out key details about this character's past.  Some of the important details include the fact William served a long time in prison and, while bored behind bars, he decided to learn and master the...

The Advent Calendar (2021)

Eva (Eugénie Derouand) has been a paraplegic since a tragic accident three years ago. Currently, Eva enjoys swimming as a hobby and gets by financially working for an insurance company.  When Eva’s birthday comes around close to Christmas time, it seems she will...

Ditched (2021)

Melina (Marika Sila), a paramedic, and a group of other people wake up in an upside-down ambulance.  Shocked and surprised, Melina and the other survivors attempt to recall what happened to cause the ambulance to flip and crash. Melina recalls she was in the...

The Tunnel: The Other Side of Darkness (2021)

When it comes to Australian cinema, it’s no secret that we’ve all seen films that are just another found footage movie. Thankfully, some films were quite successful, memorable, and different from the rest. One of them was a mockumentary, The Tunnel, which was released...

The Tunnel (2011)

Natasha (Bel Belia) has carefully assembled her team, which consists of Peter (Andy Rodoreda), Steve (Steve Miller) and Tangles (Luke Arnold).  This group of journalists are investigating several government cover-ups relating to water, homelessness, history, and...

Titane (2021)

To describe this film’s plot in writing is one of the biggest challenges I have come across as a film reviewer. Titane begins with moments that are either tragic or uncomfortable.  None of these moments quite make sense and are unexplainable and bizarre....

Battle Drone (2018)

The film begins with the introduction of six highly skilled mercenaries. After completing another successful mission, the CIA approaches the group’s captain, Vincent Reikker (Louis Mandylor), with another job requiring him to reassemble the team and fly out to...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Continuing on from Venom (2018), Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a host for the alien symbiote known as Venom. In the present day, Eddie is determined to get his life back on track.  Right now, he’s known for being a failed reporter, currently single and struggling to...

The Browning Version (1994)

After teaching for over eighteen years, Andrew Crocker-Harris (Albert Finney) is wrapping up his final days. His wife Laura (Greta Scacchi) will also be retiring after serving fifteen years.  When the school’s headmaster reveals to the students that Mr Andrew...

Best Sellers (2021)

Harris Shaw (Michael Caine) is an exhausted and angry old author who has since retired from writing. He lives his days trying to write on his typewriter while drinking alcohol and smoking heavily. Harris has decided to hide from the rest of the world, putting signs on...