FIlm Review - BRIGHT

Available on NetFlix

Synopsis (from IMDB): Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.

Not gonna lie, this movie has gotten a lot of hate from critics and to be honest I don't know why. Personally, I found the movie to be interesting especially the premise, as it mashes together the fantasy beings with real-world issues. There is a lot to like here in my opinion, especially if you are a fan of David Ayer's movies. Visually, the film looks a lot like End of Watch, with a large portion of the film taking place at night. Even though it's at night I could still see everything clearly and that is important to me as a viewer. As far as the actors are concerned, I feel that they did a good job. Joel Edgerton and Will Smith are great in the film and I thought Joel Edgerton's Jakoby was awesome. Will is basically being Will in this movie and some of the Will Smith -isms are in this movie and they aren't overbearing they were actually pretty funny at times. The action scenes are appropriately violent and by that, I mean that they don't go overboard on the blood and gore. Noomi Rapace plays the villain in the film and she is a killer with a capital K. Her and her two henchmen are equal parts amazing and terrifying as they usually leave a trail of bodies wherever they show up. The music in here is good as well and it matches the tone of the film. This movie is your standard chase movie with the heroes being hunted, so the pace is pretty fast and I think the movie matched that pretty well. The best thing about this movie is the social commentary that it makes and I think that that in itself is one of the best things about the movie.

This movie has been greenlit by NetFlix to get a sequel so some of my complaints may be addressed by that but for this movie, there are a couple of things that I found to be problematic. There wasn't enough time spent with the villain(s). In the movie, the Noomi Rapace's character is a member of a group of elves called the Inferni, who are attempting to resurrect the Dark Lord by using 3 magic wands to revive him. There is a point in the movie where we learn that the Inferni is worldwide but we don't get to find out why they are doing what they are doing and for what purpose. From the film all we know is they want that wand. This leads to another problem from a writing standpoint and that is we never know what happened 2,000 years ago in the original war with the Dark Lord. All we know is the orcs sided with him and that is the reason they are treated the way they are treated in the film. We also have no idea why Elves are treated the way they are treated either but the film, in all honesty, wasn't focused on that just on the wand and chase that was taking place.

For Parents
This is rated TV-MA (basically Rated R). There is a lot of language in the movie as well as some nudity. There are action and a little bit of gore, nothing overboard but it is in the movie. The movie runs for about 2 hours but it is paced well. I didn't think there were any moments that were dragging outside of maybe the first few minutes.

Final Thoughts
I gave the movie 5 out of 5 STARS. I thought it was a fun movie that stuck to the premise throughout. I liked the actors in the film and the action was well done and nothing dragged for me. I seriously don't know why so many critics were hating on the film but I suggest people who are fans of End of Watch or Fury give it a shot. Have you seen BRIGHT? What did you think about it? Leave a comment and as always thanks for reading.


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