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In a world that’s half training day, half lord of the rings and 100% forced, a dull and lifeless mess is born. Bright the ‘movie’??SMLXLThis film feels like David Ayer and Max Landis sat in a room and had a look through the decades greatest hits from all genres and thought ‘ fuck it let’s mash em up….but make it dead serious and throw some poorly shrouded metaphors their way’. Lord of the rings, Police academy, Training day,The heat and The chronicle. Put ’em together and what have you got? Bibbidi Bobbidi…shitI’m sure that on paper this film sounds ingenious and like a high concept thriller guaranteed success. It even looked promising from the trailer but honestly this film would have done better as a high concept music video….at least then the arduous plot wouldn’t have dragged on for an hour and 57 minutes while it tries to figure out what story it wants to tell us.In a future/ other timeline of existence ( we’ll never know since they never explain it) a vast array of stereotypical mythical creatures; elves, fairy’s, orcs etc live alongside humans in segregated chaos. Graceful gentry elves live among the elite and orcs are considered the street rats of society…And humans, well they stay in the middle class so the audience has someone to relate to personified by Puzzling Protagonist ‘Ward’ god forbid a police man is actually given a first name, oh wait he was…In the very last scene. Starting the film of with a drive through of the whole confusing world this adventure takes place in, we like ward (smith) and his orc partner Jekobe (Joel Edgerton) are just along for the ride as Bright hammers us over the head with its mystical metaphors of equal rights and social elitism. Orcs on the streets of oppressive back alley neighbourhoods being brutalised by police forces, whilst the seemingly infallible elves live lavish lives of luxury in the pristine, almost futuristic neighbourhoods.While this in itself would be a brilliant message for a film, it’s a case of heavy handed metaphors being poorly under developed. Ayer and Landis wanted to make a commentary on social standing of equality but got so far in and realised they just didn’t really have all that much insightful to say. Lacking the finesse of Joss Whedon and the metaphors of growing up in Buffy, Bright instead drops its poorly constructed parable, choosing to delve into the deeper writing pit that is the fantasy and magic elements. Honestly you could watch the 1st and last acts of this film and not recognise the film at all if not for its hyper cut sloppy action sequences and poorly written buddy cop characters that are unfortunately constant throughout.As far as performances go. The film is sold on Will Smith playing, surprise surprise. Will smith. There’s no discernible difference in this performance from his role as Deadshot in suicide squad or his foul mouth counterpart Hancock. Smith like this film itself seems to have adopted a mish-mash approach to his role. Unsurprisingly Smith completely overshadows Edgerton’s charming Nick Jekobi, who is actually one of the few high points in this film. His naive moral conviction make him an endearing character to root for in an otherwise dim lit world. It’s just a shame that he is wildly under developed by the end the plot.??SMLXLWill smith (Scott Ward) and Joel Edgerton (nick Jekobi)This film offers nothing in form of a solution, or even any motivational moral message. Their is nothing really gained from watching Bright at all. This film is the school yard equivalent of that one kid who points at a fight going on but doesn’t lift a finger to actually do anything about it.In the end of the film Jekoby; meant to represent the unaccepted minority, (in case you didn’t get that the first 50 times it’s ‘discreetly’ thrown in your face) is still as widely unaccepted as he was at the beginning of the film. There’s no great worldwide epiphany that the racial discrimination is suddenly going to stop, or that the elite subclass’ are suddenly going to be abolished. The same class based regime goes on as it did in the first 5 minute montage. We spent 2 action over packed hours in this buddy cop ride along only to realise we were on a roundabout going in circles. It’s a social commentary without a lot of actual commentary. Well done Ayer and Landis. You proved that Netflix CAN make a pointless overpriced film as bad as Hollywood.


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