Netflix has already changed the way tv shows are made by giving us gems like House of Cards, Stranger Things, Narcos and many others. It’s latest attempt to replicate the same magic with movies is the fantasy-action-drama Bright.
The story takes place in what seems like modern-day Los Angeles, where Fairies are common like insects, Orcs are lower caste minorities, Elves are the elite people and humans are between both of them. One day two reluctantly paired police officers: Daryl Ward (played by Will Smith) and Nick Jakoby ( played by Joel Edgerton) stumble upon a rare magic wand, which has the power to destroy mankind.
Bright’s high concept certainly grabs the attention but takes around 20 minutes to get into the groove. The movie also attempts to address issues of racism and the social caste system. Writer Max Landis successfully manages to mix up multiple themes into the story but fails to explore the full potential of the concept. Maybe the recently announced sequel will do the justice to the concept.
The chemistry between the lead pair is the highlight of the film. Director David Ayer adds a lot of style and detailing to create this new world. Also, the action sequences are a good mix of heavy weaponry and magic.
Bright has all the elements of a typical Hollywood blockbuster i.e comedy, hard-hitting action, fantasy, sci-fi and an interesting concept. Give it a try and you won’t regret it.
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Drama
Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz
Duration: 118 minutes