By: Brandom Reid
Netflix’s newest and most expensive movie to date, Bright, takes place in an alternate Los Angeles where orcs, elves, fairies and humans all co-exist and have co-existed since the beginning of time. Now if this makes you think that this will be an in-depth epic like Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, your expectations will be crushed. Think more contained old school buddy-cop film mixed with fairytale situations and that’s exactly what Bright is. But be warned, this isn’t your kids fairytale. There’s coarse language, blood, violence, brief nudity and did I mention coarse language?
Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Suicide Squad) with a screenplay by Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein) Bright follows Officer Scott Ward (Will Smith) and his partner, Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) who is the first orc police officer and hated by both orcs and humans, as they embark on a routine patrol only to run into a quiet, scared elf named Tikka (Lucy Fry) who is in possession of a magic wand; an ancient relic that is very rare and can only be touched by a select few that are called “brights.” If someone other than a bright touches the wand, they pretty much go boom. We soon find out that the wand belongs to a more powerful dark elf named Leilah (Naoomi Rapace) who intends to use its powers to resurrect the Dark Lord, who will cause death and destruction and enslave anyone who survives. Now it’s up to Ward and Jakoby to figure out what to do with the ancient relic, which isn’t easy when there’s no one they can trust.
The effects are well done, the action is solid, the humour between Will Smith and Joel Edgerton is fantastic and the story leaves enough unanswered questions to leave you wanting more (did somebody say sequel?). Not the best movie of 2017 by any means but if you were as disappointed with Suicide Squad as I was, David Ayer totally redeems himself with Bright.