A film that has been sorely under-advertised, mainly due to the fact that it is a Netflix exclusive, Bright is a film by David Ayer, the same man that gave us Fury and Suicide Squad.
Starring Will Smith as LAPD Officer Daryl Ward and Joel Edgerton, who portrays Smith’s LAPD Orc partner Nick Jakoby, the film portrays a modern fantasy them genre where elves, orcs, fairies and other fantastical beasts/animals live amongst one another in modern times. The main basis is around Smith and Edgerton’s characters, where Edgerton’s Orc character is the first to be an officer of LAPD, whom many do not believe he belongs with LAPD’s Finest. However we see an unusual bond form between Ward and Jakoby where both find out that their destinies are intertwined with each other all the while protecting a magical wand from evil forces.
Bright is an unusual film; not because of its genre but because of the subject matter and its fantastical thematics. While it’s not a role that one could foresee Will Smith play, it’s definitely a role that he nailed along with the rest of the cast. It’s like watching a movie where one of its themes is racism, however the racism is towards the orcs. During the film, you feel bad for them at how they are treated by the public and police. It is an interesting twist to the film in terms of playing the racism card.
The story is engaging to say the least. I for one am a fan of the fantasy genre, so watching this film and seeing how elves, orcs and other mythical beasts were incorporated into the modern world was very entertaining to watch because this a unique film due to the subject matter. Plus it helps having an all star cast.
Bright is a film filmed with very real, down-to-earth themes; Smith and Edgerton blow their roles out of the water and have extremely good chemistry on screen. David Ayer truly created a wonderful film, which has already been greenlit for a sequel.
Bright is available now through Netflix.